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H.R. 1370 (115th): H.R. 1370: Continuing Appropriations Act, Department of Defense Missile Defeat and Defense Enhancements Appropriations Act, CHIP and Public Health Funding Extension Act, 2018

About the bill

This bill was the vehicle for passage of legislation to avert a government shutdown. The final legislation included

  • the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018, which funds the government through January 19, 2018
  • funding for a missile defense system
  • funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through March 2018 and other health-related programs
  • funding for the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014

It also temporarily repealed rules that would have made automatic cuts in mandatory spending due to the deficit incurred by the recent tax bill.

This bill was originally a bill "to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue Department of Homeland Security-wide guidance and develop training programs as part of the Department of Homeland Security Blue …

Sponsor and status

115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 22, 2017

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 22, 2017.

Pub.L. 115-96

Michael McCaul was the sponsor of this bill when it was introduced on Mar 6, 2017, but the bill’s text was subsequently replaced with unrelated provisions.


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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2017
Length: 10 pages


8 Cosponsors (5 Republicans, 3 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Year in Review: Chairman McCaul Lauds Committees 2017 Achievements
    — Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10] (Sponsor) on Dec 23, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Vela leads Democrats in Bipartisan Passage of the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act
    — Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34, 2013-2022] (Co-sponsor) on May 23, 2017

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - December 22, 2017
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP] on Dec 25, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 1370 will add $7.3 billion in new spending through 2027.


Mar 6, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Mar 8, 2017
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

May 22, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Homeland Security

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.

May 23, 2017
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.

Nov 6, 2017
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 Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 21, 2017
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the House with an Amendment.

Dec 22, 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Dec 22, 2017
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed Congress.

H.R. 1370 (115th) 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. 1370. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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