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S. 2722 (116th): SWAG Act

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Should the government have more characters like Smokey the Bear for the U.S. Forest Service?


The Department of Agriculture has “Sammy Soil.” The Department of Housing and Urban Development has “Franklin the Fair Housing Fox.” The Department of Energy has “the Green Reaper.” The U.S. Navy has “Brite the Light Bulb.” The National Park Service the talking cactus “Sunny Saguaro.”

All of these talking mascots might seem fun and harmless, but have been created on the taxpayers’ dime — money that could have gone elsewhere.

What the bill does

The Stop Wasteful Advertising by the Government (SWAG) Act would prevent federal agencies from using money for “self-aggrandizement,” including mascots or characters, but also items ranging from coloring books to stickers to fidget spinners.

The bill would make an exception …

Sponsor and status

Joni Ernst

Sponsor. Senator for Iowa. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2020
Length: 10 pages
Oct 29, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 11, 2020, 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).


3 Cosponsors (3 Republicans)


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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to S. 2722 will be negligible.


Oct 29, 2019

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

Mar 11, 2020
Ordered Reported

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Dec 14, 2020
Reported by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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.

S. 2722 (116th) 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. 2722. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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