About the bill
President Obama made headlines last week by publicly supporting making Election Day a national holiday, which would mean (almost) everybody would have the day off from work. (He announced his support in an interview with a college journalist for the Rutgers Daily Targum, no less.) Obama had previously endorsed several other measures to make voting easier — such as the automatic voter registration, increased use of early voting, and more rigorous enforcement and blocking of state-enacted voter ID laws — but this represented one of his boldest leaps in that policy area.
There is a proposal in Congress to codify this change — a bill introduced by presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
What the bill does
S. 1969, the Democracy Day Act, would designate every federal election …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Senator for Vermont. Independent.
Last Updated: Aug 5, 2015
Length: 2 pages
114th Congress (2015–2017)
This bill was introduced on August 5, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
Nov 12, 2014
Earlier Version — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, S. 2918 (113th).
Aug 5, 2015
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Sep 25, 2018
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, S. 3498 (115th).
S. 1969 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1969. This is the one from the 114th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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