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S. 504 (115th): Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2017

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

S. 504 permanently reauthorizes the U.S. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card Program. The APEC program is a voluntary program to facilitate travel for U.S. citizens engaged in verified business in the APEC region and U.S. government officials engaged in APEC business. This legislation permanently authorizes the framework for a trusted traveler program that allows APEC business travelers pre-cleared, facilitated, short-term entry to participating member economies. Currently, the APEC Business Travel Card Program is set to expire in September 2018.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum used by some countries in the Asia-Pacific region to promote economic growth by reducing barriers that hinder trade, travel, and investment among participating countries. Since 1989,Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua …

Sponsor and status

Mazie Hirono

Sponsor. Senator for Hawaii. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 25, 2017
Length: 3 pages
Mar 2, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Nov 2, 2017

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on November 2, 2017.

Pub.L. 115-79

3 Cosponsors (2 Republicans, 1 Democrat)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Hirono, Daines Bill Signed into Law to Make APEC Travel Card Permanent
    — Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI] (Sponsor) on Nov 3, 2017

The Week Ahead - scheduled votes, committee action and other important notes for the week of October 23, 2017
    — Rep. David Young [R-IA3, 2015-2018] on Oct 23, 2017

Rep. Royce Cheers Bipartisan Reauthorization of Fast-Track Travel Program for California Businesses
    — Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018] on Oct 23, 2017

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Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 2805: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2017

Ordered Reported on Jul 26, 2017. 93% incorporated. (compare text)


Mar 2, 2017

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May 17, 2017
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Aug 1, 2017
Reported by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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Sep 26, 2017
Passed Senate (House next)

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Oct 23, 2017
Passed House

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Nov 2, 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President

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S. 504 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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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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