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How a bill actually becomes a law... in 2020

Middle school social studies textbooks and Schoolhouse Rock songs paint a stereotypical portrait of how congressional legislation gets passed. But in real life, the story of how federal laws actually get enacted usually proves far more complex. To examine how, GovTrack Insider browsed through all the laws enacted by Congress in 2019–20, looking for one that seemed both particularly interesting and undercovered by national media.

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What We’re Watching

H.R. 4728: Thirty Two Hour Workweek Act

This week's GovTrack a Bill a Minute is about the Thirty Two Hour Workweek Act and we even treat you to a loving homage to Dolly Parton!

Sep 7, 2021 6:40 p.m.

Journalist Protection Act

This GovTrack a Bill a Minute is about the Journalist Protection Act from Rep. Swalwell and Sen. Blumenthal.

Aug 30, 2021 2:56 p.m.

The GRAM Act

This GovTrack a Bill a Minute is about what happens when issues don't fall cleanly along partisan divides: the GRAM Act, a pro-gun and pro-marijuana bill from ...

Aug 11, 2021 7:04 p.m.