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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. 1445 American Heritage Protection Act

Should the US ever act on revised understandings of past leaders and remove monuments to older interpretations of these leaders? Rep. Jerry Carl of AL says ...

May 10, 2021 4:35 p.m.

S. 500 SMARTWATCH Data Act

How much of and in what way should data from smart watches be shared? Sen. Bill Cassidy has some ideas and we explain in this GovTrack A Bill A Minute.

May 5, 2021 7:39 p.m.

H.R .860: You Must be Alive to Vote Act

From the title, you might think this bill is about preventing ghosts from voting, but it's a little more mundane than that. What is it about? Find out in this ...

Apr 27, 2021 7:08 p.m.