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Ever wonder what, exactly, the federal government does in a year? Bills are passed or defeated, presidential orders are signed — what all does it add up to? The State of the Union in Numbers tracks how productive the federal government was in 2020, digging into actions on civil rights, pandemic relief, defense spending, and beyond.
Congress passed 149 bills in 2020, President Trump signed 127 executive orders and presidential memoranda, and agencies implemented 57 big rule changes. Some of those actions included:
16 actions on the budget
18 actions on the standard of living
Six actions on immigration
24 actions on health
This is just a fraction of what the government did in 2020. See more, including bills about Native American reservations, nine defense actions on China, and more executive orders in the State of the Union in Numbers.
By the end of 2020, many Americans who had lost their jobs in the spring had returned to work, but there were still 8.9 million fewer people working in the US than one year earlier. Some fields lost nearly half of workers as demand for certain services ebbed and states mandated business closures. A new report at USAFacts has insight into just who these workers are.
Visit USAFacts for context behind the federal minimum wage discussion. What states are still at or below the federal minimum? Where is the state minimum wage $13.69? Which five states have no minimum wage laws whatsoever? Get the answers in this popular report.
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