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115th Congress (2017 - 2019)


Latest Notable Federal Laws Passed

Federal LawDateLaw BiasIssuesRankPositives (SORT)Negatives (SORT)
2009 Stimulus Bill02/17/2009Liberal
01635
Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)03/23/2010Liberal
01461601
2010 Tax & Jobs Compromise12/17/2010Bipartisan
0612
Budget Control Act of 201108/02/2011Bipartisan
0186
2011 Budget Sequestration08/02/2011Bipartisan
0487
9/11 Health and Compensation Act01/02/2011Liberal
0278
Agriculture Act of 201402/07/2014BipartisanBusiness & Economy
001
American Taxpayer Relief Act of 201201/02/2013BipartisanTaxes & U.S. Debt & Deficits
001
Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 198610/27/1986Bipartisan
0301
Arizona SB 118804/18/2011Conservative
070
Bipartisan Budget Act of 201512/18/2015Bipartisan
009
Caregivers & Veterans Health Services Act05/05/2010Nonpartisan
0011
Child and Family Services Improvement Act09/30/2011Bipartisan
003
Claims Resolution Act12/08/2010Bipartisan
005
Continuing Appropriations Act of 201511/16/2014Bipartisan
003
Credit Card Act05/22/2009Bipartisan
003
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act12/22/2010Liberal
005
Serve America Act04/21/2009Bipartisan
007
Every Student Succeeds Act12/10/2015BipartisanEducation
003
Fair Sentencing Act08/03/2010Bipartisan
003
Food Safety Modernization Act01/04/2011Bipartisan
007
Fraud Enforcement Act05/20/2009Bipartisan
0723
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act12/13/2010Bipartisan
005
Helping Families Save Their Homes05/20/2009Liberal
0277
Hire Act03/18/2010Liberal
0013
Improper Payments Elimination Act07/22/2010Nonpartisan
000
Laws Passed01/01/1800017920
America Invents Act09/16/2011Nonpartisan
005
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act01/29/2009Liberal
007
Matthew Shepard Act10/28/2009Liberal
005
Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act04/16/2015Bipartisan
001
Microbead-Free Waters Act12/18/2015Bipartisan
003
Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act02/22/2012Liberal
009
NDAA of 201112/31/2011Bipartisan
022
Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act01/01/1800Nonpartisan
001
Small Business Jobs Act09/27/2010Liberal
005
Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)02/04/2009LiberalHealth & Welfare
023
STOCK Act04/04/2012Bipartisan
003
Student Aid Act03/30/2010Liberal
005
Student Loan bill07/06/2012Liberal
005
Transportation bill07/06/2012Bipartisan
002
Unemployment Compensation Extension Act07/22/2010Liberal
000
Veterans' Benefit Act10/14/2010Bipartisan
0013
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 201301/01/1800Liberal
001
Voting Rights Act of 196508/06/1965BipartisanDiscrimination & Racial Politics
0015
Wall Street Reform Act07/22/2010Liberal
0218
Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform05/22/2009Nonpartisan
0018
  • Throughout Tuesday’s oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford, Justice Anthony Kennedy and the Supreme Court’s left-leaning justices grilled Wisconsin’s attorneys with tough questions that suggest a majority of the court is prepared to impose constitutional limits on political redistricting. The highlight of the hour came when Justice Sonia Sotomayor posed a very simple inquiry that cut to the core of the case: “Could you tell me what the value is to democracy from political gerrymandering? How does that help our system of government?”
  • Democratic voters in Wisconsin say gerrymandering the voting districts has given Republicans too much power and violate the Constitution.
  • Wednesday afternoon, nearly the entire membership of the US Senate packed into a bus and headed to the White House grounds for an unprecedented classified briefing from top Trump administration officials on North Korea policy. Such a huge meeting, on such a volatile topic, had people wondering — was the United States about to announce some risky new policy on North Korea? Perhaps some kind of scary military escalation, or even a preemptive strike on a nuclear-armed power?
  • It’s worth taking a step back to realize just how broken the process for selecting Supreme Court justices now is. In 2016, Senate Republicans responded to Antonin Scalia’s death by inventing and establishing the absurd faux principle that open seats on the Supreme Court cannot be filled in an election year. Given that America hosts national elections one out of every two years, that means, in theory, that Supreme Court seats should remain unfilled fully 50 percent of the time.
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell has won his Supreme Court bet. Last year he risked control of the Senate by pressing even the most vulnerable Republicans to deny Merrick Garland the barest of consideration. He was rewarded with a Trump presidency. Now he will cash in by installing Neil Gorsuch on the Court after deploying the so-called nuclear option, abolishing the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.
  • If there is one man on Capitol Hill that President Trump might want to stay in the good graces of, it's Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Nunes is the head of the House intelligence committee, which is in charge of investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election — you know, the one Democrats think could prove collusion between the Trump campaign and a foreign power.
  • The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 24 million more Americans without health insurance by 2026 than under current law, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office released Monday. The CBO report found that 14 million more people would be without health insurance by 2018. Following a two-year spike, the plan would also lower average premiums after 2020, relative to President Barack Obama's healthcare law.
  • The health care bill House Republicans unveiled earlier this week has a serious defect?—?it cannot pass the Senate in its current form even if every single Republican backs it. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) explains why.