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H.R. 3739 (115th): Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2017

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 3739 reforms the pension and allowance provided to former presidents; thereby reducing unnecessary costs to taxpayers. Specifically, the bill sets an annual pension for each former president at $200,000 (which is a slight reduction under current law), and provides for a means tested $500,000 annual allowance for all other costs (except security) associated with being a former president.

The bill provides that the annual allowance will be reduced by $1 for every dollar a former president earns in earned income in excess of $400,000. This annual allowance replaces amounts currently provided for travel, staff, and office expenses. For eligible former presidents, this allowance will be reduced to $350,000 five years after leaving office and then to $250,000 after ten years. The bill also ...

Sponsor and status

Jody Hice

Sponsor. Representative for Georgia's 10th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Nov 14, 2017
Length: 14 pages
Sep 12, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on November 13, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.

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3 Cosponsors (3 Republicans)


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What legislators are saying

Hice Legislation Named Bill of the Month by FreedomWorks
    — Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA10] (Sponsor) on Feb 6, 2018

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - Veterans Day in the Marianas
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0] on Nov 18, 2017

On the House Floor This Week - 11/13/17
    — Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018] on Nov 13, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 3739 will save $7 million through 2022.


Sep 12, 2017

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Sep 13, 2017
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Nov 13, 2017
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Nov 13, 2017
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H.R. 3739 (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 passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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