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H.R. 643: Equal Voices Act

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About the bill

Contrary to the Steve Martin and Queen Latifah film title, this legislation would be bringing up the House.


The whole point of a bicameral Congress, featuring both the Senate and the House of Representatives, is to simultaneously serve two types of interests.

The former is intended to serve larger and (usually) more ideologically diverse groups: namely, entire states. The latter is intended to represent smaller and (now, usually) more ideologically homogeneous groups: specific districts. In this way, the House in theory is supposed to be closer to individual constituents and communities.

To accomplish this goal, when the U.S. was first founded, the Constitution mandated that a House of Representatives district couldn’t be larger than 30 thousand people. Each House member served a number of constituents akin to a …

Sponsor and status

Sean Casten

Sponsor. Representative for Illinois's 6th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 31, 2023
Length: 11 pages
Jan 31, 2023
118th Congress (2023–2025)

Introduced on Jan 31, 2023

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 31, 2023. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.


2 Cosponsors (2 Democrats)

1% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 31, 2023

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

If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
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Passed House

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Signed by the President

H.R. 643 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. 643. This is the one from the 118th Congress.

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