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S. 1: For the People Act of 2021

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A bill to expand Americans' access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Jeff Merkley

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Oregon. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 17, 2021
Length: 817 pages
Mar 17, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 17, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 17, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

69% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

ICYMI: For the People Act Receives First-Ever Senate Hearing, Momentum Builds for Democracy Restoration As Republicans Continue Voter Suppression Strategy
    — Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR] (Sponsor) on Mar 26, 2021

Sen. Cruz Challenges Biden's DOJ Civil Rights Nominee on History of Radical Ideological Partisanship
    — Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX] on Apr 15, 2021

Wicker Fights to Prevent Federal Takeover of Elections
    — Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS] on Mar 29, 2021

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Mar 17, 2021

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Mar 24, 2021
Considered by Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

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S. 1 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 S. 1. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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