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S. 2722: 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 ...

Sponsor and status

Joni Ernst

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Iowa. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 29, 2019
Length: 5 pages
Oct 29, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Ordered Reported on Mar 11, 2020

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on March 11, 2020.

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


Oct 29, 2019

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Mar 11, 2020
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S. 2722 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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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.

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