Among the bills featured in this issue is S. 334, introduced by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). Her bill would end the direct cash payments given to farmers and the agricultural industry, a system that has roots in President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal-era price stabilizing mechanisms. Based on current budget data, NTUF determined that Senator McCaskill's bill would reduce federal outlays by about $3 billion per year, or $14.9 billion over 5 years.
Also in this edition of the Tab:
- Most Expensive: Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) has re-introduced H.R. 1397, the Project Rebuild Act. It would authorize grants for community development and increase federal outlays by $2.9 billion per year, or $14.7 billion over 5 years.
- Most Friended: Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 138/S. 33, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act of 2013. It would ban the sale and/or transfer of high-capacity magazines among civilians. NTUF scored the bill as "no cost" regulatory legislation that would not have a significant effect on the federal budget.
- The Wildcard: Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced H.R. 951, the Women WIN Jobs Act, which would establish a federal grant program designed to connect more women to "nontraditional" jobs -- defined as occupations in which less than 25 percent of professionals are female. Rep. Polis' legislation would increase federal spending by $20 million per year, or $100 million over 5 years.
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