WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This is the WashingtonWatch.com federal legislative update for the week of August 6, 2007 .
Congress has adjourned for its August recess, but before Members of Congress left Washington, D.C., they engaged in a flurry of lawmaking.
Last week, the House passed a defense spending bill for fiscal year 2008,
which begins on October 1st . If passed into law, H.R. 3222, the Department of
Defense Appropriations Act, 2008 would cost the average U.S. family a little
The House also passed legislation to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The bill, S. 1927, has already passed the Senate, so it will soon be presented to the President for his likely signature. Cost information for the bill is not available.
A bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to provide additional procedures for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence information and for other purposes
What People Think: 40% For, 60% Against
Another bill passed by Congress last week, H.R. 3311, will spend
To authorize additional funds for emergency repairs and reconstruction of
the Interstate I-35 bridge located in Minneapolis , Minnesota, that collapsed
on August 1, 2007 , to waive the
Displayed below are select new, updated, and passed items with their cost or savings per family.
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide an exception to the 60-day limit on Medicare reciprocal billing arrangements between two physicians during the period in which one of the physicians is ordered to active duty as a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces
Approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003