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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – August 4, 2014

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On the Blog: Laws=Productivity?

A raft of bills became law last week. Does that make Congress more productive?

Get a look at some of Congress’s more humdrum work in a post entitled: “Our Productive Congress?

Featured Item

Last week, Congress passed a bill meant to address management issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs that recently made headlines.

H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, would spend a little under $100 per U.S. family in an effort to improve veterans’ access to medical services through the beleaguered federal agency.

H.R. 3230
The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014
Costs $96.27 per family

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Displayed below are new, updated, and passed items with their cost or savings per family.

New Items

H.R. 4554
The Restricted Securities Relief Act of 2014
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2113
The Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act
Costs $0.54 per family

S. 1691
The Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2013
Saves $22.14 per family

H.R. 4568
The Small Business Freedom to Grow Act of 2014
Costs $0.01 per family

H.R. 4570
The Private Placement Improvement Act of 2014
Costs $0.01 per family

H.R. 5230
Making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes
Costs $2.59 per family

S. 2539
The Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2014
Costs $0.52 per family

H.R. 4200
The SBIC Advisers Relief Act of 2014
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2250
The Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014
Costs $9.93 per family

H.R. 3230
The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014
Costs $96.27 per family

S. 2405
The Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act
Costs $0.87 per family

S. 2406
The Improving Trauma Care Act of 2014
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4640
The Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission Act of 2014
Costs $0.01 per family

S. 2521
The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2154
The Emergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act of 2014
Costs $0.77 per family

H.R. 744
The STOP Identity Theft Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4402
The Guam Military Training and Readiness Act of 2014
Costs $0.14 per family

S. 2519
The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Act of 2014
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4028
To amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include the desecration of cemeteries among the many forms of violations of the right to religious freedom
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4994
The IMPACT Act of 2014
Costs $0.49 per family

H.R. 1232
The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act
Costs $0.26 per family

H.R. 4771
The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 315
The Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research and Education (MD-CARE) Amendments of 2013
Costs $2.76 per family

S. 2454
The Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2014
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2577
A bill to require the Secretary of State to offer rewards totaling up to $5,000,000 for information on the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, a dual United States-Israeli citizen, that began on June 12, 2014
Costs $0.02 per family


Updated Items

H.R. 5021
The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014
Costs $28.05 per family

S. 2577
A bill to require the Secretary of State to offer rewards totaling up to $5,000,000 for information on the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, a dual United States-Israeli citizen, that began on June 12, 2014
Costs $0.02 per family


Passed Items

P.L. 113-129
To amend certain definitions contained in the Provo River Project Transfer Act for purposes of clarifying certain property descriptions, and for other purposes
Saves $0.01 per family

P.L. 113-130
To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense joint outpatient clinic to be constructed in Marina, California, as the “General William H. Gourley Federal Outpatient Clinic: A Joint VA-DOD Health Care Facility”

P.L. 113-131
The Black Hills Cemetery Act
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 113-132
The Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 113-133
The Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 113-134
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe Trust Land Act
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 113-135
The Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 113-136
The Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection Act
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 113-137
The North Cascades National Park Service Complex Fish Stocking Act
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 113-138
To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center in Prescott, Arizona, as the “Dr. Cameron McKinley Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Center”

P.L. 113-139
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 369 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Jersey City, New Jersey, as the “Judge Shirley A. Tolentino Post Office Building”

P.L. 113-140
To redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 162 Northeast Avenue in Tallmadge, Ohio, as the “Lance Corporal Daniel Nathan Deyarmin Post Office Building”

P.L. 113-141
The Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act
Costs $0.05 per family

P.L. 113-142
The Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use Act
Costs $0.00 per family

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