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house Bill H.R. 4174

Helping Federal Agencies Make Better Use of Data in Policymaking

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill would improve federal agencies’ ability to analyze data and use it to assess the effectiveness of current policies and consider other courses of action. It's a win for transparency and efficiency in government.

NoHedges's Opinion
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11/14/2017
Careful Congress you are entering the complete foreign land of science. A realm based on facts, evidence, and the application of both logic and reasoning. The objectively alone might cause fits of rational thinking. These may lead to the acknowledgement of overwhelming data predicting that you will be out of a job come midterms. ☄️Update: It did lead to midterm losses, but since then, the data shows that a red tide is definitely forming with the announcement of Pelosi’s bid for Speaker of the House.
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Andrew's Opinion
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11/15/2017
Our government's decisions should be based on real data and evidence, which keeps both parties in check.
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11/15/2017
Engineers and Scientists use empirical data in everything they do. They take an oath to perform ethically, based on sound evidence and facts and to protect the Citizens in all facets of their professional responsibilities. Our legislators should be performing at the same level as our Engineers and Scientists, yet many legislators degrade scientific data as bunk and choose to be guided by another Great book of stories, that are neither science, non-fiction, or evidence-based facts.
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Argument opposed

There’s no need for federal agencies to have a streamlined way to access the data they need to assess the effectiveness of current policies and the potential impact of future action.

Chimmy's Opinion
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11/13/2017
Nothing Paul Ryan does can be good for the 99% Americans.
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Michael.J.L's Opinion
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11/15/2017
Hate to feel this way but I don't trust any legislation offered by Rep. Paul Ryan.
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Ilona's Opinion
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11/15/2017
Don't trust this administration or the Republicans
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed December 21st, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 356 Yea / 17 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedOctober 31st, 2017

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    Careful Congress you are entering the complete foreign land of science. A realm based on facts, evidence, and the application of both logic and reasoning. The objectively alone might cause fits of rational thinking. These may lead to the acknowledgement of overwhelming data predicting that you will be out of a job come midterms. ☄️Update: It did lead to midterm losses, but since then, the data shows that a red tide is definitely forming with the announcement of Pelosi’s bid for Speaker of the House.
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    Nothing Paul Ryan does can be good for the 99% Americans.
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    Hate to feel this way but I don't trust any legislation offered by Rep. Paul Ryan.
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    Our government's decisions should be based on real data and evidence, which keeps both parties in check.
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    Engineers and Scientists use empirical data in everything they do. They take an oath to perform ethically, based on sound evidence and facts and to protect the Citizens in all facets of their professional responsibilities. Our legislators should be performing at the same level as our Engineers and Scientists, yet many legislators degrade scientific data as bunk and choose to be guided by another Great book of stories, that are neither science, non-fiction, or evidence-based facts.
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    Don't trust this administration or the Republicans
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    Better tools and more data should drive a better analysis of the problems our country faces and measurement of success in those solutions. The data should be open and available to all for transparency.
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    Our policies MUST reflect hard, peer-reviewed science, not special interests!
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    Making data backed decisions is the way to go!
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    Sure, be skeptical of Paul Ryan, but this is a bipartisan plan that has been researched by a commissioned group of rigorous academics and experts. Small-government, big government, whatever, I want EFFECTIVE government and I think we can get closer by carefully considering what works and doesn’t using evidence. Novel concept, right?
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    Paul Ryan does nothing good for the American people. Hell, no!
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    Yet again, another thing that should already be happening. Anyone else agree this is a stupid question? Stupid as in, should not have to be asked.
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    I say yes but worry about data being skewed for political purposes. So collect, and publish with where and how sample was taken along with questions asked
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    Secure, transparent and efficient! I’m vote yes if this is what would really happen. The problem is our government doesn’t usually want these things. They may say they do, but it doesn’t seem to happen that way.
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    Isn’t this what our country supposed to do?? Analyze data and use it to assess the effectiveness of current policies and consider other courses of action. It's a win for transparency and efficiency in government.
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    People say govt should be more run like organizations but some actively push back against being data driven and using objective methods of persuasion.
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    They have too much info ALREADY, if they want to know how to make policies they need to speak to their constituents. Plus. This list means more tracking and collecting.
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    On the surface this bill makes sense, however with PAul Ryan being the sponsor of this bill, I'd want to read the fine print. It seems pretty ironic that Ryan wants to use analyze data to help guide policies, when the many in the Republican party deny climate change, calling it a hoax. This is really rich that Ryan now wants to use data to help guide policy making.
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    Open Government is the right of its citizens. Hiding secrets only reflects an insecure government.
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    I was skeptical, thinking — what is the data we’re talking about, is it data supported by, let’s say, AFP or Heritage Foundation? But “transparency” and bipartisan support helped my decision.
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