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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

DO NOT Call Act

There might be someone, somewhere, who enjoys getting robocalls, but most folks don't and that includes Sen. Cortez Masto and Rep. Ross. So, they're ...

Dec 2, 2021 4:08 p.m.

H.R. 3355: SAFE Act

It's legal to slaughter horses for human consumption in the U.S. even though most people think of horses as pets more than food. Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL9) ...

Nov 16, 2021 8:31 p.m.

H.Res. 663: GALA Resolution

In this GovTrack a Bill a Minute, we discuss Rep. Steel's GALA Resolution, inspired by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's attendance at the Met Gala recently.

Oct 26, 2021 1:58 p.m.