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H.R. 356: Protecting Our Democracy Act

About the bill

Calls are mounting for an independent commission to investigate ties between Donald Trump, his campaign, and the Russian government. A bill from House Democrats is now beginning to attract a modicum of Republican support, with potentially more to sign on soon.

The context

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey after Comey reportedly requested increased funding for his bureau’s Russia probe. Then Trump revealed highly classified information provided to America by our ally Israel and shared it with the Russian government, which many consider a ...

Sponsor and status

Eric Swalwell

Sponsor. Representative for California's 15th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017
Length: 18 pages

Jan 6, 2017


Introduced on Jan 6, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 6, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 6, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Ordered Reported

Passed House (Senate next)

Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 356 is 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.

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