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H.R. 2405 (115th): Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2017

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To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to clarify that houses of worship are eligible for certain disaster relief and emergency assistance on terms equal to other eligible private nonprofit facilities, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Christopher “Chris” Smith

Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 11, 2017
Length: 4 pages
May 11, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 11, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


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What legislators are saying

Bill to End Discrimination Against Houses of Worship Moves One Step Closer to House Vote
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Dec 1, 2017

Meng Hails FEMA Policy Change that Will Allow Houses of Worship to Receive Federal Disaster Funds
    — Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 4, 2018

Hartzler Supports FEMAs Move to Help Churches Struck by Disaster
    — Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R-MO4] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 3, 2018

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May 11, 2017

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H.R. 2405 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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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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