President Obama eulogized the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine people shot and killed by a racist terrorist during Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina. The Supreme Court saved Obamacare from a legal challenge that would have undercut the tax and subsidy scheme that are a linchpin of the law. And the Court recognized a right of gay people to marry. It was a big week! … for spending.
The Senate bill proposes spending of about $8,300 per family. That’s about $890 billion, if you like big numbers.
It’s not just the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services funded by the bill. Take a look at all the government offices:
- Department of Education
- Department of Health and Human Services (Except Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; Food and Drug Administration; Indian Health Services and Facilities; and National Institute of Environmental Sciences (formerly EPA/Superfund))
- Department of Labor
- Related Agencies:
– Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled
– Corporation for National and Community Service
– Corporation for Public Broadcasting
– Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
– Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
– Institute of Museum and Library Services
– Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
– Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
– National Council on Disability
– National Labor Relations Board
– National Mediation Board
– Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
– Railroad Retirement Board
– Social Security Administration
The big cost items, of course, are Medicare and Social Security. They make Labor/HHS much bigger than the next largest annual spending bill, the Department of Defense appropriations bill. The Senate version is S. 1558, and it spends a little over $5,000 per family. The House bill, H.R. 2685, spends about the same amount.
It was a big week for spending! Everything about the Labor/HHS bill is big.
Here’s the current vote on the Labor/HHS spending bill. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki article about the bill.