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H.R. 2851: SITSA Act

About the bill

More than 20,000 Americans died from synthetic drug overdoses in 2016. That represents 31 percent of all drug overdose deaths, a surging percentage in recent years — more than double the number from 2015.

A bill called the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act aims to combat on the growing epidemic of synthetic drug deaths. But would it give Jeff Sessions too much power?


There are more than 400 known types of synthetic — or “artificial” — drugs, which mimic the effects of substances including cocaine and ...

Sponsor and status

John Katko

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 24th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 8, 2017
Length: 23 pages

Jun 8, 2017


Ordered Reported on Jul 12, 2017

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on July 12, 2017.


30% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jun 8, 2017

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

Jun 27, 2017
Considered by Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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

Jul 12, 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.

Feb 28, 2018
Considered by Health

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

Passed House (Senate next)

Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 2851 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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