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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Sports & Diplomacy

Michael Tasselmyer
February 22, 2013

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Even though Congress has their hands full with the looming sequester cuts, legislation continues to hit the floor of the Capitol and NTUF has been analyzing it all through our BillTally study. This week's edition of the Taxpayer's Tab shows some of the more noteworthy bills we've looked at recently.

In the January 24th edition of the tab, we discussed a bill named after legendary boxer Muhammed Ali. This week, we decided to highlight three more bills influenced by the sports world. All three are "no cost" bills under BillTally's methodology:

  • S. 203, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, was introduced by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). It gives the government authority to manufacture and issue NFL-themed coins; the proceeds from their sale would cover the production costs and go towards financing expansion of the NFL Hall of Fame facilities in Canton, OH.
  • Congressman Rodney Davis and Senator Claire McCaskill introduced H.R. 420 and S. 166, which would rename a bridge in St. Louis, MO after recently deceased baseball legend Stan Musial.
  • Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY) introduced H.R. 215, the Baseball Diplomacy Act. The legislation would lift current legal restrictions in order to grant Cuban baseball players visas that would last through their contracts with American teams, and would apply only during the baseball season.

In addition to the Wildcard bills above, this week's Tab features:

  • Most Expensive: S. 56, the Right Start Child Care and Education Act, introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Annualized cost: $1.8 billion.
  • Least Expensive: H.R. 75, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2013, introduced by Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA). First year savings: $4.1 billion.
  • Most Friended: H.R. 523/S. 232, the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2013, introduced by Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Annualized savings: no cost -- revenue.

Click here to view this week's edition of the Taxpayer's Tab online, and be sure to sign up for our email list to receive future editions in your inbox.


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