WashingtonWatch.com Digest – March 5, 2012
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On the Blog: Congress Confuses
Congress doesn’t necessarily mean to make it hard to follow what they do. But the way they do things is confusing all the same.
We explain, and maybe clear some things up, in a blog post entitled: “We’re Congress, and We Make Things Confusing, For You.”
This week, the House will debate jobs legislation. H.R. 3606 is the vehicle for moving several different bills, as detailed in our blog post on the bill.
Its current title, the “Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act of 2011,” will be changed to the “Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.”
There is no cost estimate yet for H.R. 3606.
The Senate will continue to debate S. 1813, the MAP-21. (“MAP-21″ stands for for the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.”)
The bill would extend surface transportation programs administered by the Federal Highway Administration for two years, and it would authorize spending for other transportation programs.
Passage of S. 1813 would cost the average U.S. family about $125.
The Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act of 2011
Costs $127.52 per family
What People Think
Displayed below are new, updated, and passed items with their cost or savings per family.
The San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act
Saves $0.16 per family
The Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Human Rights Act of 2012
Costs $0.36 per family
To provide the Quileute Indian Tribe Tsunami and Flood Protection, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family