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H.R. 4744 (115th): Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act

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About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 4744 details the human rights abuses and hostage-taking perpetrated by the Government of Iran. It requires the President to determine whether senior Iranian officials are responsible for human rights abuses and whether official Iranian businesses should be sanctioned for public corruption under existing law. It also imposes property-blocking and visa-denial sanctions for Iranian officials (and family members) responsible for politically motivated detentions of U.S. citizens and residents, or abuses against Iranian expatriates.

Sponsor and status

Michael McCaul

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

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Last Updated: May 7, 2018
Length: 16 pages
Jan 9, 2018
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 April 26, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

McCaul Bill to Sanction the Iranian Regime Passes the House
    — Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10] (Sponsor) on Apr 26, 2018

iran human rights and hostage-taking accountability act
    — Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 24, 2018

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - April 27, 2018
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0] on Apr 30, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates H.R. 4744 will add $1 million in new spending through 2023.


Jan 9, 2018

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

Mar 15, 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 18, 2018
Reported by House Committee on Foreign Affairs

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Apr 26, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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

H.R. 4744 (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.

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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