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H.R. 1625: TARGET Act

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 1625 amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to authorize the State Department and law enforcement agencies to target international human traffickers by offering financial rewards for their arrest or conviction. The Department currently has a rewards program that uses appropriated funds to offer cash awards to deter transnational organized crime.

The legislation broadens the program to explicitly include severe forms of human trafficking, which are sex trafficking and labor trafficking as defined in Pub.L. 106-386. That law came from [H.R. 3244 (106th): Victims ...

Sponsor and status

Edward “Ed” Royce

Sponsor. Representative for California's 39th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 28, 2018
Length: 4 pages

Mar 20, 2017


Passed Senate with Changes (back to House) on Feb 28, 2018

This bill has been passed in the House and the Senate, but the Senate made changes and sent it back to the House on February 28, 2018.


68% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 20, 2017

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May 3, 2017
Ordered Reported

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May 22, 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.

Feb 7, 2018
Considered by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Feb 12, 2018
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Reported by Senate Committee.

Feb 28, 2018
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.

House Approves Senate Changes

Signed by the President

H.R. 1625 is 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.

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