This page contains information taken from the Library of Congress' Thomas website concerning bills related to the issue. Often there are many versions of a bill listed; this may be because the bill was amended during the legislative process; because there were competing versions of the bill being debated simultaneously; because the House and Senate versions of the bill differed, etc. The bill summary file contains information about committee action, bill status, and co-sponsors. Bill text links you to the full text of the bill itself. In those cases where the bill is extremely lengthy, as when the issue concerns some small part of an annual budget appropriation for example, we also include only the relevant section of the bills. Bills are listed by number.
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