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H.R. 1585: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019

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To reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations, which set overall spending limits by agency or program, and authorizations, which direct how federal funds should (or should not) be used. Appropriation and authorization provisions are typically made for single fiscal years. A reauthorization bill like this one renews the authorizations of an expiring law.

Sponsor and status

Karen Bass

Sponsor. Representative for California's 37th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 10, 2019
Length: 220 pages
Mar 7, 2019

Passed House (Senate next) on Apr 4, 2019

This bill passed in the House on April 4, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What legislators are saying

Courtney Statement on Need for Senate Action After El Paso and Dayton Mass Shootings
    — Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 5, 2019

Reps Speier, Dingell, and Moore Introduce Resolution Recognizing the Intersection of Misogyny, Violence Against Women, and Gun Violence
    — Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 12, 2019

Indian Affairs Committee Considers Law Enforcement & Public Safety Bills
    — Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK] on Jun 20, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates H.R. 1585 will add $6.6 billion in new spending through 2029.
Institute for Spending Reform estimates H.R. 1585 will add $14 million in new spending through 2029.
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Mar 7, 2019

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Mar 13, 2019
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Mar 27, 2019
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Apr 4, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 1585 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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