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S. 2039 (115th): Disclosing Foreign Influence Act

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Trump’s campaign chair was criminally indicted by the special counsel last week for failing to register as a foreign agent. In the United States, a foreign agent is any American who lobbies or advocates on behalf of another country’s government. But due to several loopholes in the 1938 law requiring registration of such foreign agents, almost nobody has ever gotten punished for breaking it. Three different bills, authored by both Republicans and Democrats, aim to revamp the law for the 21st century.

##Context Paul Manafort was indicted in part for failing to register as a lobbyist on behalf of a political party in Ukraine that supports the Kremlin. He is also accused of laundering more than $12 million through offshore accounts on behalf of that political party. (This criminal indictment …

Sponsor and status

Charles “Chuck” Grassley

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Iowa. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 31, 2017
Length: 34 pages
Oct 31, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on October 31, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

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).

See Instead

H.R. 4170 (same title)
Ordered Reported — Jan 17, 2018


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Grassley Presses DOJ on FARA and China’s Activity in the U.S. Education System
    — Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA] (Sponsor) on Oct 1, 2018

Sens. Carper, Coons, Rep. Blunt Rochester Secure Major Wins for Delaware Farmers in Bipartisan Farm Bill
    — Sen. Christopher Coons [D-DE] on Dec 11, 2018

Carper, Coons, Blunt Rochester Secure Major Wins for Delaware Farmers in Bipartisan Farm Bill
    — Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE] on Dec 11, 2018

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Oct 31, 2017

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

S. 2039 (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 S. 2039. 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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