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Political Science 1 (Nicholson): Find a Bill

Introduction to U.S. Politics

Assignment Information

assignment information

Find a Bill

Questions

  1. What is the overall goal of each bill?
  2. Might there be disagreement between liberals and conservatives on each bill?  Do they align with a domestic issue found in your assignment?  If so, under which issue would each fall?  Overall, would either bill be suitable to use for your assignment?
  3. Just from reading the bills, what do you think is the party affiliation of the sponsor for each?  Why would you guess this?
  4. To find out more about each bill's topic, what terms or phrases do you think would be important to use when searching for news and articles?
  5. Would you anticipate any challenges with researching either of the issues addressed in these bills?

Some Domestic Issues

  • climate change / environment
  • abortion
  • health care reform / repeal
  • national infrastructure (e.g. bridges)
  • tax policy
  • Social Security or Medicare reform
  • budget deficit
  • energy and oil production
  • immigration policy
  • minimum wage
  • LGBTQ policy
  • drug policy reform
  • education reform
  • welfare spending / reform

Library Instructor

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Sara Davidson Squibb
Contact:
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For Fun

"Artificial intelligence can predict which congressional bills will pass"   Hutson at Science Magazine 21 June 2017

Scoposlab (Nay) - looking at bill text to predict passage

GovTrack (Tauberer) - developing software to predict bill passage since 2012