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H.R. 5063 (114th): Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 18, 2016 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 538

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5063

[Report No. 114–694]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 26, 2016

(for himself, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Marino, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Issa, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Chaffetz, Mr. Labrador, Mr. Farenthold, Mr. Collins of Georgia, Mrs. Mimi Walters of California, Mr. Buck, Mr. Ratcliffe, Mr. Trott, Mr. Bishop of Michigan, and Mr. Duffy) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

July 18, 2016

Additional sponsors: Mr. Jordan, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Culberson, Mr. Hurt of Virginia, Mr. Posey, Mr. Gowdy, Mr. Poe of Texas, Mr. DeSantis, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Holding, Ms. McSally, Mr. Huelskamp, Mr. Brat, and Mr. Grothman

July 18, 2016

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on April 26, 2016


A BILL

To limit donations made pursuant to settlement agreements to which the United States is a party, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016.

2.

Limitation on donations made pursuant to settlement agreements to which the united states is a party

(a)

Limitation on required donations

An official or agent of the Government may not enter into or enforce any settlement agreement on behalf of the United States, directing or providing for a payment to any person or entity other than the United States, other than a payment that provides restitution for or otherwise directly remedies actual harm (including to the environment) directly and proximately caused by the party making the payment, or constitutes payment for services rendered in connection with the case.

(b)

Penalty

Any official or agent of the Government who violates subsection (a), shall be subject to the same penalties that would apply in the case of a violation of section 3302 of title 31, United States Code.

(c)

Effective date

Subsections (a) and (b) apply only in the case of a settlement agreement concluded on or after the date of enactment of this Act.

(d)

Definition

The term settlement agreement means a settlement agreement resolving a civil action or potential civil action.

July 18, 2016

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed