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S. 2152 (114th): Electrify Africa Act of 2015

About the bill

The Electrify Africa Act, S. 2152, would require the President to establish a strategy to encourage sub-saharan African countries to provide access to sufficient reliable energy for their citizens. The bill specifies a goal of promoting first-time access to power for 50 million people in urban and rural areas by 2020.

The bill passed both chambers with bipartisan support and will be signed into law by the President.

####Electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa

According to the House Republicans, 70% of the population of sub-saharan Africa lacks access to electricity. This totals to about 600 million people. The Tony Elumelu Foundation wrote in support of the bill that a lack of electricity has reduced the growth of African businesses and contributed heavily to the spread of disease and to infant mortality …

Sponsor and status

Bob Corker

Sponsor. Senator for Tennessee. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 3, 2016
Length: 7 pages
Oct 7, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Feb 8, 2016

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on February 8, 2016.

Pub.L. 114-121

23 Cosponsors (14 Republicans, 9 Democrats)


Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 1933: Electrify Africa Act of 2015

Introduced on Aug 4, 2015. 62% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2847: Electrify Africa Act of 2015

Introduced on Jun 23, 2015. 64% incorporated. (compare text)


Oct 7, 2015

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Oct 8, 2015
Ordered Reported

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Dec 8, 2015
Reported by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Dec 18, 2015
Passed Senate (House next)

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

Feb 1, 2016
Passed House

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 by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Feb 8, 2016
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 2152 (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 S. 2152. 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 passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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