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What's with Washington's penchant for political acronyms?




On June 15, 2012 undocumented immigrant students (right to left) Antonio Cabrera, David Buenrostro, Jahel Campos, Adrian James, and Myisha Arellano occupy President Barack Obama's Culver City campaign office to ask for the passage of the DREAM Act.
On June 15, 2012 undocumented immigrant students (right to left) Antonio Cabrera, David Buenrostro, Jahel Campos, Adrian James, and Myisha Arellano occupy President Barack Obama's Culver City campaign office to ask for the passage of the DREAM Act.
Roberto (Bear) Guerra

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You probably heard a lot about the DREAM Act over the weekend. President Obama accomplished one of the big goals of the DREAM Act when he announced that he would be stopping deportations for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as kids.

But did you know that the DREAM Act is actually an acronym? It stands for "Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act," or D.R.E.A.M.

And it's not the only bill that has an acronym for its name. There's the J.O.B.S. Act which stands for "Jumpstart Our Business Startups."

Remember the U.S.A. Patriot Act? It was passed in 2001 and it's actually an acronym for "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism" - that's U.S.A.P.A.T.R.I.O.T.

KPCC's Josie Huang reports on Washington's penchant for the acronym, and a new act with a surprising name.