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H.R. 244 (115th): H.R. 244: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017

About the bill

In May 2017, this bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, the bill that would fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2017, that is, through the end of September 2017.

Prior to becoming the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, this bill was the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017. The summary below is from the Republican Policy Committee:

H.R. 244, as amended, would require the Department of Labor (DOL) to establish the HIRE Vets Medallion Program, within two years of enactment, to annually recognize private and public sector businesses for their efforts to employ veterans. DOL would make awards to employers, on a voluntary basis, who recruit, employ, and retain veterans; and provide community and …

Sponsor and status

Paul Cook

Sponsor. Representative for California's 8th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 5, 2017
Length: 708 pages
Jan 4, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on May 5, 2017

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on May 5, 2017.

Pub.L. 115-31

28 Cosponsors (19 Republicans, 9 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Cook Joins Labor Department in Recognizing Employers Who Hire Vets
    — Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8, 2013-2020] (Sponsor) on Nov 8, 2018

Tonko Releases 2017 Legislative Scorecard
    — Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20] on Dec 22, 2017

ICYMI: Shea-Porter, 115 House Democrats Demand Stronger Investments in Teachers
    — Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1, 2017-2018] on Jul 19, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 244 will add $14.5 billion in new spending through 2027.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 133: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017

Ordered Reported on Jan 20, 2017. 90% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 1387: SOAR Reauthorization Act

Ordered Reported on Mar 10, 2017. 99% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 438: HIRE Vets Act

Introduced on Feb 17, 2017. 97% incorporated. (compare text)


Jan 4, 2017

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

Feb 13, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

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

This vote was to pass H.R. 244 when it was still the HIRE Vets Act. Subsequently, in May 2017, this bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations …

Mar 21, 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 Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

May 3, 2017
Text Published

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

May 4, 2017
Senate 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.

In May 2017, this bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, the bill that would fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year …

May 5, 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 244 (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. 244. 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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