What is House Bill H.R. 677?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 677
In-Depth: Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced this bill to clarify that presidents don’t have to be men and their spouses don’t have to be wives:
“In 2016, one of the two major party candidates for President was a woman with a husband and in 2020, for the first time in history, we may have more presidential candidates who are women than men, as well as a potential LGBTQ candidate who is married. The U.S. Code should not assume that Presidents will be men or that they will only marry women, especially when describing which people will or will not be protected by federal law. While this language may have been accepted when the original law was enacted, it does not reflect the America of today and I look forward to ensuring that federal law recognizes this reality.”
This bill has 39 Democratic cosponsors.
Of Note: Studies have shown that gendered wording in reference to jobs and careers limits discussions, makes male-sounding jobs sound less appealing to women, and affects day-to-day perceptions of who belongs in certain professions. BYU English professor Delys Snyder argues that “in changing the language, [you are probably] changing the way people see who could be in this job.”
Summary by Lorelei Yang
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21st Century President Act
To amend gendered terms in Federal law relating to the President and the President's spouse.
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Committee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedJanuary 17th, 2019
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