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H.R. 1079: Creating Advanced Streamlined Electronic Services for Constituents Act of 2019

About the bill

Currently, you have to mail or fax a physical letter for some actions undertaken by congressional offices. The CASES for Constituents Act would finally allow digital alternatives in addition.

Context

For 44 years and counting, the Privacy Act of 1974 has mandated that members of Congress get written authorization from a constituent before undertaking case work with the federal government on the constituent’s behalf. That can even include for emergency situations such as with FEMA, the VA, Social Security, or Medicare.

A Louisiana congressman gave a recent example.

“After ...

Sponsor and status

Garret Graves

Sponsor. Representative for Louisiana's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Aug 3, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Introduced
Feb 7, 2019
116th Congress, 2019–2021
Status

Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 22, 2019

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on August 22, 2019.

Law
Pub.L. 116-50
Source

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Graves Pushes Bipartisan Government Modernization Bill Out of U.S. House -- Again!
    — Rep. Garret Graves [R-LA6] (Sponsor) on Feb 11, 2019

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - February 15, 2019
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0] on Feb 19, 2019

the daily leader: monday, february 11, 2019
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Feb 10, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 1079 will add $15 million in new spending through 2024.
Institute for Spending Reform SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 1079 will add $15 million in new spending through 2024.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 435: CASES Act

Introduced on Feb 11, 2019. 81% incorporated. (compare text)

History

Feb 7, 2019
 
Introduced

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

Feb 11, 2019
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

May 15, 2019
 
Considered by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jun 25, 2019
 
Reported by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Jul 31, 2019
 
Passed Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Aug 22, 2019
 
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 1079 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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