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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – August 18, 2014

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On the Blog: You, Lobbyist

The policymaking process doesn’t take a break during August. And you shouldn’t either.

We suggest some topics for you to bring up with your representatives in a post entitled: “Time for YOU to do Some Lobbying.”

Featured Item

Last week, the president signed H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, making it Public Law No. 113-159.

The law extends federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund.

Implementation of Public Law No. 113-159 will cost about $28 per U.S. family.

P.L. 113-159
The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014
Costs $28.20 per family

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The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014
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Displayed below are new, updated, and passed items with their cost or savings per family.

New Items

H.R. 3240
The Regulation D Study Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4881
To place a 6-month moratorium on the authority of the Financial Stability Oversight Council to make financial stability determinations
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2640
The Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2014
Costs $0.14 per family

S. 2508
The Energize Africa Act of 2014
Costs $4.81 per family

H.R. 2629
The Fostering Innovation Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4262
The Bureau Advisory Commission Transparency Act
Costs $0.01 per family

H.R. 5203
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission Reform Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 361
The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4182
To provide that the Ozark National Scenic Riverways shall be administered in accordance with the general management plan for that unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4067
To provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2014
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2323
The Gold Star Fathers Act of 2014
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5171
The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015
Costs $309.37 per family


Updated Items

H.R. 4197
The All Circuit Review Extension Act
Costs $0.00 per family


Passed Items

P.L. 113-147
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 815 County Road 23 in Tyrone, New York, as the “Specialist Christopher Scott Post Office Building”

P.L. 113-148
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6937 Village Parkway in Dublin, California, as the “James ‘Jim’ Kohnen Post Office”

P.L. 113-149
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 450 Lexington Avenue in New York, New York, as the “Vincent R. Sombrotto Post Office”

P.L. 113-150
The Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2013
Costs $2.86 per family

P.L. 113-151
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 13127 Broadway Street in Alden, New York, as the “Sergeant Brett E. Gornewicz Memorial Post Office”

P.L. 113-152
The Improving Trauma Care Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 113-153
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 198 Baker Street in Corning, New York, as the “Specialist Ryan P. Jayne Post Office Building”

P.L. 113-154
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

P.L. 113-155
To designate the facility of the United States Forest Service for the Grandfather Ranger District located at 109 Lawing Drive in Nebo, North Carolina, as the “Jason Crisp Forest Service Building”

P.L. 113-156
The Money Remittances Improvement Act of 2014

P.L. 113-157
The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014
Costs $9.09 per family

P.L. 113-158
To redesignate the railroad station located at 2955 Market Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, commonly known as “30th Street Station”, as the “William H. Gray III 30th Street Station”

P.L. 113-159
The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014
Costs $28.20 per family

P.L. 113-160
The Emergency Afghan Allies Extension Act of 2014

P.L. 113-161
The Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act of 2013
Costs $0.04 per family

P.L. 113-162
The Assessing Progress in Haiti Act
Costs $0.01 per family

P.L. 113-163
The Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2013

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