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H.R. 50 (115th): Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2017

About the bill

When the federal government creates laws for state or local governments to follow, but does not correspondingly provide money for those subsidiary levels to carry these new laws out, they’re nicknamed “unfunded mandates.”

A 1995 bill, the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, was passed under the Republican Congress and ordered public reporting for the estimated cost of unfunded mandates. However, several loopholes allowed many unfunded mandates to still get passed while avoiding the law’s transparency requirements. For example, many rules from regulatory agencies such as the EPA are exempt ...

Sponsor and status

Virginia Foxx

Sponsor. Representative for North Carolina's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 19, 2018
Length: 20 pages
Introduced:

Jan 3, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019

Status:
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 13, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.

What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform: SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 50 will add $6 million in new spending through 2023.

History

Jan 3, 2017
 
Introduced

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.

Jun 29, 2018
 
Reported by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

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.

Jul 13, 2018
 
Passed House (Senate next)

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

Sep 26, 2018
 
Considered by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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

Dec 19, 2018
 
Reported by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental 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.

H.R. 50 (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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