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Most recent bill summaries

Civil Rights

Photo of Congress member Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton.

H.R.51 - Washington, D.C. Admission Act

To provide for the admission of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that Washington, D.C. citizens and residents deserve democracy, equality and representation in Congress, as well as in local and state government, just as much as other people across the country do, no matter what their political party is. Washington, District of Columbia, should become the 51st state of the Union as Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe this to be a political move, rather than a move for the people of Washington D.C., since most of the residents in D.C. are affiliated with the Democratic Party. Washington, D.C, should remain unrepresented and not become the 51st state of the Union.
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Immigration

Photo of Congress member Representative Warren Davidson

H.R.32 - Buy a Brick, Build the Wall Act of 2019

To allow the Secretary of the Treasury to accept public donations to fund the construction of a barrier on the border between the United States and Mexico and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that the U.S. Treasury should create a trust fund that allows for private citizens to donate towards the planning, designing, construction, and maintenance of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Allowing private citizens to crowd fund the wall would prevent taxpayer funds from being used while funding border security.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that allowing the crowd funding of the border wall would circumvent Congress' appropriations process which would ultimately allow wealthy individuals and corporations to influence U.S. politics. Bypassing Congress' funding process means bypassing a check and balance process.

Gun Rights / Gun Control

Photo of Congress member Representative Mike Thompson

H.R.8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act

To require a background check for every firearm sale.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that for every gun sale in the country, there should be a background check associated with it. This will keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that universal background checks on firearms sales are unnecessary since background checks do not stop all criminals from getting firearms. This proposal could deprive some individuals of due process law.

Wages

Photo of Congress member Representative Gerald Connelly

H.R.790 - Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act

To provide for a pay increase in 2019 for certain civilian employees of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe Congress should provide federal employees the same 2.6% pay raise that was given to military personnel in a 2019 spending bill. Since the 35-day government shutdown caused 800,000 federal employees to have two paychecks delayed, causing a financial burden, the pay raise is not only a necessity, but a gesture of appreciation to the federal workforce.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that before agreeing to creating a pay raise for federal workers, Congress should allow the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to perform a fiscal cost analysis of the bill.
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Environment

Photo of Congress member Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

H.Res.109 / S.Res.59 - Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal

Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe Congress should create a 10-year plan to be titled the "Green New Deal," which should achieve numerous goals, including a zero-net emissions of greenhouse gases, investing in infrastructure and industry of the U.S., creating millions of high-paying jobs, ensuring clean water and clean air for all, working with farmers and the agricultural industry, and guaranteeing affordable health insurance for all. Climate change is a threat to our national security and this plan directly tackles it.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that the Green New Deal plan would essentially create a Federal jobs program, which would force the government to do things the private industry should be providing. This could lead to further stagnation of the private sector which can ultimately hurt the U.S. economy.

Cannabis Reform

Photo of Congress member Representative Earl Blumenauer

H.R.420 - Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act

To provide for the regulation of marijuana products, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe marijuana should be legalized at a federal level. Marijuana sales can offer massive potential tax revenues as proven by those states that have already legalized it. There is extensive medical research proving marijuana does have medical benefits.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that Marijuana does not offer any medical benefits and should continue to be criminalized. Marijuana's classification as a Schedule I (Defined as having no current approved medical use in treatment in the U.S) controlled substance should remain in place.

Government

Photo of Congress member Representative Carolyn Maloney

H.R.732 - 2020 Census IDEA Act

To amend title 13, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Commerce to provide advance notice to Congress before changing any questions on the decennial census, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that the 2020 Census should not have any last minute changes unless adequately researched, tested, and studied before census day. Since the Census redraws congressional district maps, determines the number of House members each state gets, and determines the number of electoral votes each state receives, the Census should be changed with ample time and with congressional oversight.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that the 2020 Census should be able to be changed and edited at any time by any political party. The redistribution of district maps, State House members, and electoral votes should be determined by the number of Citizens in the country and not by its residents.