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S. 939: EL CHAPO Act

About the bill

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 ...

Sponsor and status

Ted Cruz

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Texas. Republican.

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Last Updated: Apr 25, 2017
Length: 3 pages

Apr 25, 2017


Introduced on Apr 25, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 25, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


10% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Apr 25, 2017

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Passed House

Signed by the President

S. 939 is 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.

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