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H.R. 984 (115th): Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017

To extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe.

Sponsor and status

Robert Wittman

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 13, 2018
Length: 23 pages
Feb 7, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Jan 29, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on January 29, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-121

5 Cosponsors (4 Democrats, 1 Republican)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Wittman emphasizes local issues at Natural Resources hearing
    — Rep. Robert Wittman [R-VA1] (Sponsor) on Mar 15, 2018

Connolly Applauds House Passage of the Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017
    — Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11] (Co-sponsor) on May 19, 2017

Warner, Kaine, Wittman Request Briefing With Bureau Of Indian Affairs For Newly Recognized Federal Tribes
    — Sen. Timothy “Tim” Kaine [D-VA] on Feb 7, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 984 will add $67 million in new spending through 2022.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 691: Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017

Ordered Reported on May 17, 2017. 98% incorporated. (compare text)


Feb 7, 2017

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May 17, 2017
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.

Sep 13, 2017
Considered by Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

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

Jan 11, 2018
Passed Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Jan 29, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 984 (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. 984. 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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