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S. 278 (116th): CBO Show Your Work Act

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About the bill

Should one of Congress’s most important offices be subject to more public disclosure?


Since 1975, the Congressional Budget Office has served as the nonpartisan research and analysis body for the legislative branch.

Whenever a bill is introduced, from the Republican tax cuts to Democrats’ health care plans, the CBO determines how much it’s likely to cost and its impact on deficits.

But while the results of their work are always public, their methodologies are not always so.

What the bill does

The CBO Show Your Work Act would require the CBO to publicly release on its website “each fiscal model, policy model, and data preparation routine… in estimating the costs and other fiscal, social, or economic effects of legislation.”

It was introduced on January 30 as bill number …

Sponsor and status

Mike Lee

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Utah. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 30, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Jan 30, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 30, 2019, 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).


20 Cosponsors (20 Republicans)



Jan 30, 2019

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

S. 278 (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. 278. 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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