In 2017, despite partisan battles and legislative dysfunction, the 115th Congress still managed to quietly pass into law 74 bills and 23 joint resolutions, which carry the weight of law. Those 97 laws make meaningful policy changes—from overhauling education benefits for veterans to expanding a program to detect hearing loss in young children—that touch on every corner of the country.
2017 was a typical year for the Legislative Branch. 2021 is unlikely to be. 2021 appears to be a year for very limited school safety legislation. Four school safety bills have started the process to become law. Let's review each.