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H.R. 403: To repeal a restriction on the use of funds by the Securities and Exchange Commission to ensure shareholders of corporations have knowledge of corporate political activity.

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About the bill

The potential requirement has been blocked for six years by a policy rider passed by Congress.

Context

2010’s Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC struck down dollar limits for corporate or union spending on political advocacy, saying they ran afoul of the First Amendment. Though such organizations remain limited in the amount they can contribute directly to a candidate’s political campaign, through so-called “super PACs” they can now spend unlimited amounts on political advocacy for or against a candidate.

The 5–4 Supreme Court decision was supported by five Republican-nominated presidents and opposed by four Democratic-nominated ones. Since then, the results of the decision have borne out a conservative tilt. In the 2020 election cycle, 2,276 super PACs spent more than $2.1 billion total — with ...

Sponsor and status

Andy Levin

Sponsor. Representative for Michigan's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 21, 2021
Length: 1 page
Introduced
Jan 21, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Status

Introduced on Jan 21, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 21, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Cosponsors

18 Cosponsors (18 Democrats)

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

Jan 21, 2021
 
Introduced

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H.R. 403 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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 403. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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