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Recently in Research: October 1-November 18

Recently in Research

  1. President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law on November 15th. View remarks the president made at the signing ceremony here.

  2. President Joe Biden attended COP 26 (Conference of the Parties), a global climate summit that is attempting to reduce global emissions. Read remarks from a press conference the president gave at the event here.

  3. President Biden met with People’s Republic of China President Xi Jingping at a virtual summit on November 15th to discuss a variety of bilateral issues between their countries. View remarks between the two presidents here.

  4. The Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act was signed into law on September 30th. This bill extends government funding and the delivery of emergency assistance. Click here to read what’s in the bill.

  5. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of five and 11. Click here to read the latest from your representatives about the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine.

  6. The United States has opened its northern and southern borders to vaccinated tourists. Click here to read the latest from your representatives about the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine.

  7. Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Colin Powell passed away on October 18th. Read President Joe Biden’s statement here, and read reactions from congressional representatives here.

  8. Trade figures were published between the United States and China. According to US News, exports to China rose to 17% while imports from China rose to 30%. See statements from US House members on this issue here.

  9. On October 26th the House of Representatives passed the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act to deter instances of domestic violence. See how congressional representatives voted here, and see statements made by representatives on the bill here.

  10. Congress continued to debate the Build Back Better Act. View statements from members of the House and Senate here.


By the Elections Research team

  • Elections took place across the country on November 2nd. This includes gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey. See results from the New Jersey gubernatorial and state legislative elections, and see from Virginia’s gubernatorial and state legislative races.

  • Want to learn more about your current elected officials? We have completed biographical research on all elected officials from all office levels - use our officials filters to find your representatives here, or search through THE FACTS using your address and zipcode to find your representatives based on your location here.

  • The 2022 midterm elections are just around the corner. Keep up to date with all the election dates from across the country using Vote Smart’s Election Calendar.


By John and the Officials Research team

Public Statements: 7,029 statements were added

Key Votes:

  • Congress: 9 bills added

    • S 1301: Vote to concur with house amendments and pass a bill that extends the debt ceiling suspension until December 2022.

    • HR 3684: Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that addresses provisions related to federal-aid highway, transit, highway safety, motor carrier, research, hazardous materials, and rail programs of the Department of Transportation.

    • HR 2119: Vote to pass a bill that modifies, expands, and reauthorizes the Family Violence and Prevention Services program through Fiscal Year 2026.

    • HR 3110: Vote to pass a bill that expands workplace protections for employees with a need to express breast milk.

    • HR 5305: Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that extends the government funding and delivery of emergency assistance.

    • HR 3755: Vote to pass a bill that establishes a statutory right for health-care professionals to provide abortions.

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