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S. 939 (115th): 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 the money and assets he forfeits?

What the bill does

The EL CHAPO Act would put any amounts forfeited by either “El Chapo” — or anybody else convicted of selling or transporting illegal narcotics across the border — into construction …

Sponsor and status

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 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).


1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)



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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 939. 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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