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S. 939 (115th): EL CHAPO Act

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What should be done with the $14 billion that drug lord “El Chapo” will have to forfeit if he’s convicted later this year?


The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman amassed a fortune of an estimated $14 billion between the 1980s and his 2014 arrest. In 2017, he was extradited to New York City to face 17 counts of criminal charges.

If he’s found guilty during his trial beginning in September — as legal experts essentially all agree that he will — what should be done with ...

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Ted Cruz

Sponsor. Senator for Texas. Republican.

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Last Updated: Apr 25, 2017
Length: 3 pages
Apr 25, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 25, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.



Apr 25, 2017

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S. 939 (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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