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H.R. 4989 (115th): Protecting Diplomats from Surveillance Through Consumer Devices Act

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 4989 requires the State Department to establish policies for personnel working at U.S. embassies or consulates regarding the use of consumer devices that may have location tracking capabilities. The bill also requires that such policies be included in security briefings for current and new employees, and requires a one-time report once the policies have been developed.

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Sponsor and status

Joaquin Castro

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 20th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2018
Length: 4 pages
Feb 8, 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 July 17, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Castro Welcomes Senate Committee Passage of Bill to Protect Foreign Service Officers
    — Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20] (Sponsor) on Nov 28, 2018

McCaul, Castro Bill Approved by Foreign Affairs Committee, Heads to House Floor
    — Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10] (Co-sponsor) on May 17, 2018

The Week Ahead - scheduled votes, committee action and other important notes for the week of July 16, 2018
    — Rep. David Young [R-IA3, 2015-2018] on Jul 16, 2018

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Feb 8, 2018

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

May 17, 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.

Jul 17, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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

Nov 28, 2018
Considered by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

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

Nov 29, 2018
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Reported by Senate Committee.

H.R. 4989 (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. 4989. 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 enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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