The Congressional Budget Office yesterday issued a cost estimate on H.R. 569, the Equal Justice for Our Military Act that the House Judiciary Committee favorably reported to the full House. The cost estimate is available here. CBO says that if enacted, the bill “would cost less than $1 million each year.” CBO explains:
We expect that the bill would make several hundred service members eligible to file petitions each year, but that only a small portion of those individuals would pursue review by the Supreme Court (based on the experience of individuals whose cases currently qualify for Supreme Court review). CBO cannot predict whether the Supreme Court would grant review of any particular petition. If the Supreme Court agreed to review any petitions, DoD would probably spend no more than $1 million in any year from appropriated funds to defend those cases. (Any such amounts would depend on the number and complexity of such cases.) Enacting H.R. 569 would not affect direct spending or revenues.