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H.R. 1777 (114th): Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2016

About the bill

Presidential Allowance Modernization Act would limit taxpayers funds to ex-presidents

There are four living ex-presidents, and in a year’s time there could be five: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Under a bill the House passed in January and the Senate passed out of committee in February, taxpayer-funded pensions for ex-presidents would be significantly curtailed -- potentially even eliminated.

The current law is the Former Presidents Act of 1958, under which ex-presidents receive an annual pension equivalent to the pay of a current Cabinet member, which this year is $203,700. (The president receives $400,000 a year while in office.) Pensions have totalled tens of millions of dollars since the program began.

The Presidential Allowance Modernization Act, H.R. 1777 and ...

Sponsor and status

Jason Chaffetz

Sponsor. Representative for Utah's 3rd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 9, 2016
Length: 4 pages
Apr 14, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)

Vetoed (No Override Attempt) on Jul 22, 2016

This bill was vetoed by the President on July 22, 2016 and Congress did not attempt an override before the end of the Congressional session.



Apr 14, 2015

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May 19, 2015
Ordered Reported

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Jul 16, 2015
Reported by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

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Jan 11, 2016
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Jun 21, 2016
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Jul 8, 2016
House Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was without objection so no record of individual votes was made.

Jul 22, 2016

The President vetoed the bill. Congress may attempt to override the veto.

H.R. 1777 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1777. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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