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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – July 18, 2016

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On the Blog: Recess

Congress is off for the summer. But at least the Senate has published its schedule for the day it returns in September.

Read about it in a post entitled: “Congress Breaks for the Summer.”

Featured Items

Congress is on its summer recess.

When it returns, the Senate will debate H.R. 2577, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016, which is a legislative vehicle for three other bills: H.R. 4974, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, 2016, and H.R. 897, the Zika Vector Control Act, which was formerly a regulatory reform bill.

The cost of H.R. 4974 is about $1,660 per U.S. family.

The Senate will also debate H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017.

The bill spends money on the Departments of the Army, Navy (including Marine Corps), and Air Force, the Office of Secretary of Defense, and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Passage of H.R. 5293 would cost a little over $5,000 per U.S. family.

H.R. 2577
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
Costs $8.86 per family

H.R. 5293
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $5,091.79 per family

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016. Click here to vote on The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016.

The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
29% For, 71% Against

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Click here to vote on The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017. Click here to vote on The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017.

The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017
33% For, 67% Against

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

New Items

S. 2136
The Improving Small Business Innovative Research and Technologies Act of 2015
Costs $0.21 per family

H.R. 24
The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015
Costs $0.04 per family

S. 2971
The National Urban Search and Rescue Response System Act of 2016
Costs $0.95 per family

S. 2997
A bill to direct the Federal Communications Commission to commence proceedings related to the resiliency of critical telecommunications networks during times of emergency, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2644
The FCC Reauthorization Act of 2016
Costs $12.77 per family

H.R. 5063
The Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5523
The Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act
Saves $0.00 per family

S. 2937
The Department of State Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2017
Costs $19.82 per family

S. 1622
The FDA Device Accountability Act of 2015
Costs $0.05 per family

H.R. 5424
The Investment Advisers Modernization Act of 2016
Costs $0.02 per family

S. 2829
The Maritime Administration Authorization and Enhancement Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Costs $8.17 per family

S. 461
The Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act of 2015
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5322
The U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2509
The Federal Property Management Reform Act of 2016
Costs $0.14 per family

S. 1101
The Medical Electronic Data Technology Enhancement for Consumers’ Health Act
Costs $0.50 per family

H.R. 4510
The Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2967
The National Biodefense Strategy Act of 2016
Costs $0.12 per family

S. 2838
The Small Business Transforming America’s Regions Act of 2016
Costs $0.06 per family

S. 2944
The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family


Updated Items

none


Passed Items

none

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