The Five Smartest Congressional Bills You’ve Never Heard Of

by Ryan Rafaty for the Nation

During any given Congressional term, literally thousands of proposals never make it past the committee stage of the legislative process. In recent years, less than 5 percent of all bills introduced ultimately became law. The scope of proposals in Congress garnering considerable media attention is similarly narrow. The pieces of legislation that attract the most publicity from the beltway media—like Paul Ryan’s radically unpopular plan to scrap Medicare—tend to drown out more sensible ideas that hardly stand any chance of enactment without public pressure on lawmakers to move the agenda forward.

Full text in the Nation: The Five Smartest Congressional Bills You’ve Never Heard Of

Full Text in the CBS News: The Five Smartest Congressional Bills You’ve Never Heard Of

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