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H.R. 5141 (115th): United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018

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To make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize assistance for Israel, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an authorization bill, which directs how federal funds should or should not be used. (It does not set overall spending limits, however, which are the subject of appropriations bills.) Authorizations are typically made for single fiscal years (October 1 through September 30 of the next year) but are often renewed in subsequent law.

Sponsor and status

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 27th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 1, 2018
Length: 29 pages
Mar 1, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 9, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

See Instead

S. 2497 (same title)
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate) — Sep 12, 2018


Position statements

What legislators are saying

House Foreign Affairs Committee Provides Unanimous Approval of Ros-Lehtinen Measure Authorizing Security Assistance For Israel
    — Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL27, 2013-2018] (Sponsor) on May 9, 2018

Smith's Remarks in Support of the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Co-sponsor) on May 9, 2018

The Hill Report: Week of September 3 - September 7, 2018
    — Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 10, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 5141 will add $16.5 billion in new spending through 2023.


Mar 1, 2018

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May 9, 2018
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H.R. 5141 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5141. 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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