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H.R. 2061 (115th): North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 2061 reauthorizes human rights and democracy programs under the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004 until 2022. Specifically, the bill authorizes the appropriation of $10 million each year over the 2018—2022 period. These programs promote human rights, democracy, and freedom of information in North Korea, as well as provide humanitarian assistance to North Korean refugees. The bill requires reports to Congress on the implementation of these programs, including a report by the State Department’s Special Envoy on North Korea. The bill also updates freedom of information authorities under the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004 to reflect technological advances to include media beyond radio broadcasting, and requires an annual report for 5 years on the implementation of a plan to increase availability and consumption ...

Sponsor and status

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 27th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 28, 2018
Length: 7 pages
Apr 6, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Jul 20, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on July 20, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-198

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Ros-Lehtinens North Korea Human Rights Bill Signed into Law
    — Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL27, 2013-2018] (Sponsor) on Jul 23, 2018

Yoho Bill Helps End Kim Jong Uns Monopoly On Information
    — Rep. Ted Yoho [R-FL3] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 25, 2017

CRAMER: House Passes North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017
    — Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND] on Sep 25, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 2061 will add $9 million in new spending through 2022.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 1118: North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017

Ordered Reported on Dec 5, 2017. 84% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2397: DPRK Act of 2017

Introduced on May 4, 2017. 89% incorporated. (compare text)


Apr 6, 2017

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Jun 15, 2017
Considered by Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation

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

Jul 27, 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.

Sep 25, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Apr 24, 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.

Jun 27, 2018
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 20, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 2061 (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. 2061. 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 enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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