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H.R. 6847 (115th): Preventing Child Exploitation Act of 2018

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About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 6847 combines the language of four previously House-passed bills to close loopholes in child exploitation statutes. Specifically, the legislation

  • Closes a major loophole in the coverage of current laws relating to unlawful sexual conduct with minors during foreign travel and amends title 18, United States Code, to expand the definition of illicit sexual conduct to cover “sexual contact” in the context of foreign sex tourism as well as other crimes involving the transportation of minors. It also expands the definition of a federal sexual offense against a minor to include this sexual contact under the recidivism enhancement in 18 U.S.C. § 3559(e). (See H.R. 1862, which passed the House on May 22, 2017 by a vote of 372-20. The previous Legislative Digest can be found ...

Sponsor and status

Martha Roby

Sponsor. Representative for Alabama's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 26, 2018
Length: 19 pages
Sep 20, 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 September 25, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)



Sep 20, 2018

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Sep 25, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 6847 (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. 6847. 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 passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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