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H.R. 50: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2017

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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 ...

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Virginia Foxx

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

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Last Updated: Jul 16, 2018
Length: 18 pages

Jan 3, 2017


Passed House (Senate next) on Jul 13, 2018

This bill passed in the House on July 13, 2018 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.


13% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

What stakeholders are saying

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


Jan 3, 2017

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Mar 15, 2018
Ordered Reported

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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.

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Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 50 is 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.

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