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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – July 25, 2016

Monday, July 25th, 2016

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Congress isn’t meeting. The weather in Washington, D.C., is HOT. The nation is paying attention to politics, not policy, at the Republican and Democratic conventions. And we’re working on a major revamp of the site.

So we’ll see you at the end of the summer with some very interesting improvements to our web site!


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

New Items

H.R. 5659
The Expanding Seniors Receiving Dialysis Choice Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 849
The Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act of 2015
Costs $1.27 per family

H.R. 5320
The Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss (MAIL) Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5458
The Veterans TRICARE Choice Act
Saves $0.74 per family

H.R. 5613
To provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3212
To amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3480
The Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act of 2015
Costs $0.01 per family

S. 1605
The M-CORE Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3608
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 exempt amounts paid for aircraft management services from the excise taxes imposed on transportation by air
Saves $0.00 per family


Updated Items

none


Passed Items

P.L. 114-190
The FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016
Saves $0.10 per family

P.L. 114-191
The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 114-192
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 15 Rochester Street, Bergen, New York, as the Barry G. Miller Post Office

P.L. 114-193
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 525 N Broadway in Aurora, Illinois, as the “Kenneth M. Christy Post Office Building”

P.L. 114-194
The Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Extension Act of 2016
Costs $0.03 per family

P.L. 114-195
The Global Food Security Act of 2015
Costs $62.57 per family

WashingtonWatch.com Digest – July 18, 2016

Monday, July 18th, 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

WashingtonWatch.com Digest – July 11, 2016

Monday, July 11th, 2016

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On the Blog: A Big Week

The House of Representatives is planning to debate a LOT of bills this week.

Take a look in the blog post entitled: “The House’s Huge Agenda.”

Featured Item

This week, the House will debate H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017.

The bill spends money on the operations of the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of other agencies.

The committee report for H.R. 5538 does not reveal the outlays that would occur under the bill, but the Senate version would spend about $300 per U.S. family, and the two bills are usually very similar.

H.R. 5538
The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. Click here to vote on The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017.

The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
25% For, 75% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 5421
The National Securities Exchange Regulatory Parity Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2831
A bill to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to provide priority for applicants for a license to operate as a small business investment company that are located in a disaster area
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 3024
The Small Business Cyber Security Improvements Act of 2016
Costs $0.01 per family

S. 1878
The Advancing Hope Act of 2015
Costs $0.11 per family

H.R. 5064
The Improving Small Business Cyber Security Act of 2016
Costs $0.01 per family

H.R. 2896
The TAILOR Act of 2015
Saves $0.16 per family

H.R. 4487
The Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act of 2016
Costs $0.25 per family

S. 2319
A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2607
The Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act
Costs $0.03 per family

S. 2917
The Commodity End-User Relief Act
Costs $6.83 per family

H.R. 5461
The Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act
Costs $0.01 per family

S. 1983
The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement Act
Costs $0.30 per family

S. 1490
The Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2015
Costs $0.06 per family

H.R. 3178
The Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act
Costs $0.01 per family

H.R. 3179
The Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act
Costs $0.02 per family

H.R. 2646
The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015
Costs $0.01 per family

H.R. 5528
The Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act
Costs $0.03 per family

H.R. 5529
The Accessing Higher Education Opportunities Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5530
The HBCU Capital Financing Improvement Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4538
The Senior$afe Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4854
The Supporting America’s Innovators Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4855
The Fix Crowdfunding Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4789
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish a structure for visitor services on the Arlington Ridge tract, in the area of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and for other purposes
Costs $0.01 per family

H.R. 5388
The Support for Rapid Innovation Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family


Updated Items

S. 524
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015
Saves $0.49 per family


Passed Items

P.L. 114-184
The Recovering Missing Children Act
Costs $0.06 per family

P.L. 114-185
The FOIA Improvement Act of 2015
Costs $0.18 per family

P.L. 114-186
The Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act of 2015
Costs $0.04 per family

P.L. 114-187
The PROMESA

P.L. 114-188
The Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act

P.L. 114-189
To provide funds to the Army Corps of Engineers to hire veterans and members of the Armed Forces to assist the Corps with curation and historic preservation activities, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

WashingtonWatch.com Digest – July 5, 2016

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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On the Blog: Bill Numbers

Members of Congress and their staffs regularly fail to share some essential information when they communicate about their work.

That’s why this week’s post is entitled: “Tweet the Bill Number!

Featured Item

This week, the House will debate H.R. 5485, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017.

The bill spends money on the operations of the Department of the Treasury, the District of Columbia, the Judiciary, and the Executive Office of the President, as well as several independent agencies.

Passage of H.R. 5485 would cost about $400 per U.S. family.

H.R. 5485
The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $404.93 per family

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017. Click here to vote on The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017.

The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017
23% For, 77% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 4202
The Fort Ontario Study Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5003
The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016
Costs $259.59 per family

S. 2846
The Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3590
The Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act
Saves $246.72 per family

H.R. 3080
The Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act
Costs $0.74 per family

H.R. 210
The Student Worker Exemption Act of 2015
Saves $0.02 per family

H.R. 5332
The Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2016
Costs $0.13 per family

S. 2206
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention Act
Costs $6.15 per family

H.R. 5208
The North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3734
The Mining Schools Enhancement Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5385
The Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Correction Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5390
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3798
The Due Process Restoration Act of 2015
Saves $4.79 per family

S. 2975
The Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3974
The Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2015
Costs $0.30 per family

S. 2850
The Microloan Program Modernization Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5484
The State Sponsors of Terrorism Review Enhancement Act
Costs $0.03 per family

H.R. 3844
The Energy and Minerals Reclamation Foundation Establishment Act of 2015
Costs $0.06 per family

S. 2421
A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska, and to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation located in Dillingham, Alaska, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5244
The Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3250
The DXM Abuse Prevention Act of 2015
Costs $1.90 per family

S. 2976
The DHS Accountability Act of 2016
Costs $0.29 per family

S. 2325
The Digital Coast Act of 2015
Costs $0.13 per family

S. 2849
The GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4582
The Save Our Salmon Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5389
The Leveraging Emerging Technologies Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1077
The Advancing Breakthrough Devices for Patients Act of 2015
Costs $1.43 per family

S. 2964
The GAO Mandates Revision Act of 2016
Costs $0.01 per family

H.R. 4002
The Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015
Costs $0.06 per family

S. 421
The Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2015
Costs $0.08 per family

H.R. 5391
The Gains in Global Nuclear Detection Architecture Act
Costs $0.00 per family


Updated Items

S. 2848
The Water Resources Development Act of 2016
Costs $80.47 per family

S. 1635
The Department of State Operations Authorization and Embassy Security Act, Fiscal Year 2016
Costs $0.31 per family

H.R. 2577
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
Costs $8.78 per family


Passed Items

none

WashingtonWatch.com Digest – June 27, 2016

Monday, June 27th, 2016

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On the Blog: Spending Talk

Your congressional representatives are home this week anticipating the July 4th holiday. You could talk with them about motherhood and apple pie, or you could talk with them about something else.

Read about it in a post entitled: “The July 4th Holiday: A Time to Talk about Fiscal Year 2017 Spending.”

Featured Item

Last week, the House passed the conference report on H.R. 2577, The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016.

The version passed, proposed by a House-Senate conference committee, contains the text of 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.

H.R. 2577
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
Costs $1,109.95 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
26% For, 74% Against

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

New Items

S. 2795
The Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act
Costs $0.39 per family

H.R. 5447
The Small Business Health Care Relief Act
Costs $4.59 per family

H.R. 5456
The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016
Costs $22.49 per family

H.R. 5525
The End Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2016
Saves $169.14 per family

H.R. 5445
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve the rules with respect to health savings accounts
Saves $155.28 per family

H.R. 5452
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit individuals eligible for Indian Health Service assistance to qualify for health savings accounts
Saves $1.30 per family

S. 2848
The Water Resources Development Act of 2016
Costs $81.05 per family


Updated Items

H.R. 1270
The Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2015
Saves $299.04 per family


Passed Items

P.L. 114-178
The Indian Trust Asset Reform Act
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 114-179
To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in The Dalles, Oregon, as the “Loren R. Kaufman Memorial Veterans’ Clinic”

P.L. 114-180
The Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense and Protection Act of 2015
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 114-181
To take certain Federal lands located in Lassen County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Susanville Indian Rancheria, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 114-182
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
Costs $1.18 per family

P.L. 114-183
The PIPES Act
Costs $8.45 per family

WashingtonWatch.com Digest – June 20, 2016

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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On the Blog: A Lot of Yes to Transparency

We like a newly introduced bill in Congress so much that we wrote a blog post about it entitled: “YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES.”

Featured Item

This week, the House will debate H.R. 5485, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017.

The bill spends money on Department of the Treasury, the District of Columbia, the Judiciary, the Executive Office of the President, and various independent agencies.

Passage of H.R. 5485 would cost a little over $400 per U.S. family.

H.R. 5485
The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $404.36 per family

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017. Click here to vote on The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017.

The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017
50% For, 50% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 5445
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve the rules with respect to health savings accounts
Saves $153.19 per family

S. 3067
The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $408.26 per family

S. 3068
The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $301.45 per family

H.R. 5485
The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $404.36 per family

H.R. 4511
The Gold Star Families Voices Act
Costs $0.01 per family

S. 2970
A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to expand law enforcement availability pay to employees of the Air and Marine Operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Saves $0.08 per family

H.R. 4768
The Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2348
The Rapid DNA Act of 2015
Costs $0.07 per family

S. 2816
The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2016
Costs $4.01 per family

H.R. 4733
To permit the United States Capitol Police to accept certain property from other Federal agencies and to dispose of certain property in its possession
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1817
The Smarter Regs Act of 2015
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1479
The Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2015
Costs $4.24 per family

H.R. 5199
The Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act of 2016
Costs $0.03 per family

H.R. 5312
The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Modernization Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 921
The Delaware River Basin Conservation Act of 2015
Costs $0.20 per family

H.R. 4979
The Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016
Costs $0.01 per family

S. 3040
The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $8,509.94 per family

H.R. 5393
The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $584.20 per family

H.R. 5394
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $1,079.60 per family

S. 3000
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $5,041.20 per family

S. 3001
The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $436.74 per family


Updated Items

none


Passed Items

P.L. 114-166
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1103 USPS Building 1103 in Camp Pendleton, California, as the “Camp Pendleton Medal of Honor Post Office”

P.L. 114-167
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 523 East Railroad Street in Knox, Pennsylvania, as the “Specialist Ross A. McGinnis Memorial Post Office”

P.L. 114-168
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1048 West Robinhood Drive in Stockton, California, as the “W. Ronald Coale Memorial Post Office Building”

P.L. 114-169
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5351 Lapalco Boulevard in Marrero, Louisiana, as the “Lionel R. Collins, Sr. Post Office Building”

P.L. 114-170
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 B Street in Perryville, Arkansas, as the “Harold George Bennett Post Office”

P.L. 114-171
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5919 Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans, Louisiana, as the “Daryle Holloway Post Office Building”

P.L. 114-172
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4567 Rockbridge Road in Pine Lake, Georgia, as the “Francis Manuel Ortega Post Office”

P.L. 114-173
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7715 Post Road, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, as the “Melvoid J. Benson Post Office Building”

P.L. 114-174
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 200 Town Run Lane in Winston Salem, North Carolina, as the “Maya Angelou Memorial Post Office”

P.L. 114-175
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1265 Hurffville Road in Deptford Township, New Jersey, as the “First Lieutenant Salvatore S. Corma II Post Office Building”

P.L. 114-176
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 220 East Oak Street, Glenwood City, Wisconsin, as the Second Lt. Ellen Ainsworth Memorial Post Office

P.L. 114-177
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 615 6th Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as the “Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker Post Office Building”

WashingtonWatch.com Digest – June 13, 2016

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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On the Blog: Bills Up for Debate

The House is good enough to publish its debate schedule. So we pass the upcoming week’s schedule on to you in the post entitled: “The Week This Week.”

Featured Item

This week, the House will debate H.R. 5293, The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017.

The bill spends money on the Army, Navy (including the Marine Corps), Air Force, 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. 5293
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $5,058.56 per family

What People Think

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. 2943
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Costs $5,217.17 per family

H.R. 4734
To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to permit candidates for election for Federal office to designate an individual who will be authorized to disburse funds of the authorized campaign committees of the candidate in the event of the death of the candidate
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3636
The O-VISA Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H. Con. Res. 131
Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5160
To amend title 40, United States Code, to include as part of the buildings and grounds of the National Gallery of Art any buildings and other areas within the boundaries of any real estate or other property interests acquired by the National Gallery of Art
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3998
The Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5227
The Library of Congress Modernization Act of 2016
Costs $0.04 per family

S. 2577
The Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016
Costs $3.45 per family

S. 2580
The RAISE Act of 2016
Costs $37.33 per family

H.R. 4092
To reauthorize the sound recording and film preservation programs of the Library of Congress, and for other purposes
Costs $0.09 per family

H.R. 4775
The Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.J. Res. 87
Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of Labor relating to “Interpretation of the ‘Advice’ Exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act”
Costs $0.00 per family


Updated Items

S. 1252
The Global Food Security Act of 2015
Costs $61.90 per family

H.R. 3114
To provide funds to the Army Corps of Engineers to hire veterans and members of the Armed Forces to assist the Corps with curation and historic preservation activities, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family


Passed Items

P.L. 114-164
To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Dannie A. Carr Veterans Outpatient Clinic

P.L. 114-165
The Native American Children’s Safety Act
Costs $0.00 per family

WashingtonWatch.com Digest – June 6, 2016

Monday, June 6th, 2016

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On the Blog: Puerto Rico

“Promesa” is Spanish for “promise.” There’s an argument that Congress must keep a promise to fix the Puerto Rican government’s financial woes.

Read about legislation to address the situation in Puerto Rico in a post entitled: “The PROMESA.”

Featured Item

This week, the House will debate H.R. 5325, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017.

The bill spends money on the operations of Congress and its agencies, including the Capitol Police, the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office, and the Library of Congress.

Passage of H.R. 5325 would cost about $33 per U.S. family.

H.R. 5325
The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $33.64 per family

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017. Click here to vote on The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017.

The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
50% For, 50% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 5050
The Pipeline Safety Act of 2016
Costs $12.34 per family

H.R. 5273
The Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016
Costs $0.07 per family

H.R. 5278
The PROMESA
Costs $6.52 per family

H.R. 5169
The What Works to Move Welfare Recipients into Jobs Act
Costs $0.41 per family

S. 2942
A bill to extend certain privileges and immunities to the Gulf Cooperation Council
Saves $0.00 per family

H.R. 2952
The Improving Employment Outcomes of TANF Recipients Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2508
The Youth Sports Concussion Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1879
The Interior Improvement Act
Costs $0.25 per family

H.R. 5049
The NSF Major Research Facility Reform Act of 2016
Costs $0.53 per family

H.R. 4939
The United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 1309
The Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act of 2015
Costs $0.85 per family

H.R. 4981
The Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion and Modernization Act
Saves $0.22 per family

H.R. 5325
The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $33.64 per family


Updated Items

S. 284
The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act
Costs $0.03 per family


Passed Items

none

WashingtonWatch.com Digest – May 31, 2016

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

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On the Blog: The Venezuelans

Venezuela is a country in crisis. And a bipartisan bill in Congress proposes to help the Venezuelans living in the United States.

Read about it in a post entitled: “Help the Venezuelans.”

Featured Item

The House and Senate do not meet this week.

Last week, the House passed H.R. 2577, which was originally a fiscal 2016 spending bill. The latest version contains the text of 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, which was the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015; but is now the Zika Vector Control Act.

There is no cost estimate for this version of H.R. 2577 (cost info on its page refers to an earlier version). H.R. 4974 costs about $1,650 per U.S. family.

H.R. 4974
The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $1,656.81 per family

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. Click here to vote on The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017.

The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
42% For, 58% Against

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

New Items

S. 795
A bill to enhance whistleblower protection for contractor and grantee employees
Costs $0.04 per family

S. 1635
The Department of State Operations Authorization and Embassy Security Act, Fiscal Year 2016
Costs $0.39 per family

H.R. 2592
To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require the Federal Communications Commission to publish on the website of the Commission documents to be voted on by the Commission
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2593
To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require identification and description on the website of the Federal Communications Commission of items to be decided on authority delegated by the Commission
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4937
The PIPES Act of 2016
Costs $8.05 per family

H.R. 4599
The Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016
Saves $0.91 per family

H.R. 4620
The Preserving Access to CRE Capital Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2460
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans

H.R. 3956
The VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 800
The Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at the NIH Act
Costs $2.61 per family

H.R. 3715
The Final Farewell Act of 2015
Costs $0.02 per family

H.R. 5229
The Improving Transition Programs for All Veterans Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5233
The Clarifying Congressional Intent in Providing for DC Home Rule Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3394
The CAPTIVE Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 4166
The Expanding Proven Financing for American Employers Act
Costs $0.00 per family


Updated Items

none


Passed Items

P.L. 114-157
To amend the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976 to modernize terms relating to minorities
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 114-158
The Women Airforce Service Pilot Arlington Inurnment Restoration Act
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 114-159
The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016
Costs $0.40 per family

P.L. 114-160
To designate the Federal building located at 99 New York Avenue, N.E., in the District of Columbia as the “Ariel Rios Federal Building”
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 114-161
A bill to direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, to convey certain Federal property located in the State of Alaska to the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 114-162
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes
Costs $0.96 per family

P.L. 114-163
A bill to provide for the authority for the successors and assigns of the Starr-Camargo Bridge Company to maintain and operate a toll bridge across the Rio Grande near Rio Grande City, Texas, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

WashingtonWatch.com Digest – May 23, 2016

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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On the Blog: Spending and Revenue Together

It’s the heart of the legislative year. The serious business of Congress happens now. (The unserious business will happen later.)

We dive into a couple current bills with interesting budget consequences in a post entitled: “Tracking Spending (and Revenue!) in the Heart of the Legislative Year.”

Featured Items

This week, the Senate will debate S. 2613, the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016.

The bill would authorize spending on activities related to the registration of sex offenders, and it would establish new spending programs to assist the survivors of sexual assault.

Passage of S. 2613 would cost about $1.40 per U.S. family.

The House will debate H.R. 5055, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017.

The bill would spend money on fiscal year 2017 operations of the Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of the Interior, among others.

Passage of H.R. 5055 would cost about $340 per U.S. family.

S. 2613
The Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016
Costs $1.40 per family

H.R. 5055
The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $338.87 per family

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016. Click here to vote on The Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016.

The Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016
33% For, 67% Against

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Click here to vote on The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. Click here to vote on The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017.

The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
50% For, 50% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 4889
The Kelsey Smith Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5286
To make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes
Saves $5.76 per family

H.R. 2494
The Global Anti-Poaching Act
Costs $0.05 per family

H.R. 1838
The Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act
Costs $0.04 per family

S. 2955
The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $29.93 per family

S. 2956
The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $1,143.16 per family

H.R. 5293
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $5,057.09 per family

S. 2613
The Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016
Costs $1.40 per family

H.R. 4465
The Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act of 2016
Costs $0.30 per family

H.R. 496
The Alabama Hills National Scenic Area Establishment Act
Costs $0.03 per family

S. 2840
The POLICE Act of 2016
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 556
The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015
Costs $10.06 per family

H.R. 3713
The Sentencing Reform Act of 2015
Saves $3.93 per family

H.R. 207
The Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2015
Costs $0.91 per family

H.R. 1769
The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015
Costs $0.60 per family

H.R. 4111
The Rural Health Care Connectivity Act of 2015
Costs $2.98 per family

H.R. 2589
To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require the Federal Communications Commission to publish on its Internet website changes to the rules of the Commission not later than 24 hours after adoption
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2127
The Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2015
Costs $0.03 per family

S. 2522
A bill to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to build partnerships to prevent violence by extremists
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1724
The Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2015
Costs $1.63 per family

H.R. 4921
The Ditto Act of 2016
Costs $0.02 per family

H.R. 5056
The Airport Perimeter and Access Control Security Act of 2016
Costs $0.03 per family

H.R. 4680
The National Park Service Centennial Act
Costs $3.26 per family

H.R. 3484
The Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act of 2015
Costs $5.84 per family

H.R. 4190
The Spectrum Challenge Prize Act of 2015
Costs $0.05 per family

S. 2375
The Federal Asset Sale and Transfer Act of 2015
Costs $0.30 per family

H.R. 2959
The TANF Accountability and Integrity Improvement Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5170
The Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act
Saves $0.25 per family

H.R. 2990
The Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2123
The CORRECTIONS Act
Saves $5.27 per family

H.R. 4902
To amend title 5, United States Code, to expand law enforcement availability pay to employees of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations
Saves $0.53 per family

H.R. 3694
The STOP Organ Trafficking Act
Costs $0.07 per family

H.R. 4579
The Utah Test and Training Range Encroachment Prevention and Temporary Closure Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 5054
The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $1,137.95 per family

H.R. 5055
The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
Costs $338.87 per family


Updated Items

H.R. 2494
The Global Anti-Poaching Act
Costs $0.05 per family


Passed Items

P.L. 114-154
The Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 114-155
The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2015
Costs $0.85 per family

P.L. 114-156
The Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2016