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H.R. 4631 (115th): Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act

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About the bill

They range from the deadly serious — such as State Department reports about human rights or terrorism — to the less serious, such as a Customs and Border Protection report about cat and dog fur protection.

The Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act would make almost every report to Congress from a federal agency available to the public.

Context and what the bill does

Every year, Congress requires more than 4,000 reports from federal agencies. Yet a great many of these are never released or made available to the public. While some are for reasons of national security or diplomatic relations, most which aren’t released to the public have less clear excuses.

The bill would require the public release of any congressionally mandated report within 30 days of its …

Sponsor and status

Mike Quigley

Sponsor. Representative for Illinois's 5th congressional district. Democrat.

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

This bill was introduced on February 6, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


16 Cosponsors (9 Democrats, 7 Republicans)


Position statements

What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 4631 will add $2 million in new spending through 2023.


Dec 12, 2017

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

Feb 6, 2018
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.

Apr 12, 2018
Considered by House Committee on House Administration

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

H.R. 4631 (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. 4631. 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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