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S. 188 (115th): EGO Act

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

S. 188 prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for the costs of painting portraits of officers and employees of the federal government, including the President, the Vice President, a Member of Congress, the head of an Executive agency, and the head of an office of the Legislative Branch.

In 2013, reports emerged that since 2010, federal agencies had spent more than $400,000 on portraits that are displayed within agency buildings, often in secure locations that are not open to the public. According to such reports, in recent ...

Sponsor and status

Bill Cassidy

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Louisiana. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 15, 2018
Length: 2 pages
Jan 23, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019

Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 27, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on March 27, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-158

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 1701: EGO Act

Ordered Reported on Sep 13, 2017. 97% incorporated. (compare text)


Jan 23, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Mar 15, 2017
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.

Apr 24, 2017
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.

Sep 18, 2017
Passed Senate (House next)

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

Mar 6, 2018
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate)

The House passed the bill with changes not in the Senate version and sent it back to the Senate to approve the changes. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Mar 14, 2018
Senate Agreed to Changes

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 Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Mar 27, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 188 (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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