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H.R. 1: For the People Act of 2019

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To expand Americans' access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

John Sarbanes

Sponsor. Representative for Maryland's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 14, 2019
Length: 706 pages
Jan 3, 2019

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 8, 2019

This bill passed in the House on March 8, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Sarbanes Votes to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
    — Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3] (Sponsor) on Dec 12, 2019

Cartwright Reintroduces Bill to Help Americans Follow the Political Dark Money Trail
    — Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 15, 2019

VIDEO: Isakson Honored for Lasting Impact on Georgias Economy, Business Community
    — Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA] on Nov 19, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates H.R. 1 will add $4.3 billion in new spending through 2029.

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Jan 3, 2019

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Jan 29, 2019
Considered by House Committee on the Judiciary

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Feb 6, 2019
Considered by House Committee on Oversight and Reform

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Feb 26, 2019
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Mar 4, 2019
Reported by House Committee on House Administration

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Mar 8, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Mar 25, 2019
Considered by House Committee on House Administration

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Nov 19, 2019
Considered by House Committee on Energy and Commerce

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 1 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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