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H.R. 4990: Election Technology Research Act of 2020

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To direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation to carry out research and other activities to promote the security and modernization of voting systems, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Mikie Sherrill

Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 11th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 17, 2020
Length: 14 pages
Nov 8, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Passed House (Senate next) on Sep 16, 2020

This bill passed in the House on September 16, 2020 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

19% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What legislators are saying

Sherrill Election Security Bill Clears House with Bipartisan Support
    — Rep. Mikie Sherrill [D-NJ11] (Sponsor) on Sep 16, 2020

Gonzalez bipartisan election security bill passes U.S. House of Representatives
    — Rep. Anthony Gonzalez [R-OH16] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 16, 2020

the daily leader: wednesday, september 16, 2020
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Sep 15, 2020

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R Street Institute estimates H.R. 4990 will add $107 million in new spending through 2025.


Nov 8, 2019

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Nov 14, 2019
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Feb 13, 2020
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Sep 11, 2020
Text Published

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Sep 16, 2020
Passed House (Senate next)

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