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H.R. 2476: Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019

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Following a string of mass shootings at churches, synagogues, and mosques in the past few years, should the government do more to beef up security at such locations?


26 attendees died in a 2017 mass shooting at a Texas church. 11 attendees died in a 2018 mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Nine parishioners died in a 2015 mass shooting at a South Carolina church. 51 people died in May’s mass shooting at a New Zealand mosque.

While federal facilities are extremely well-protected, so-called “soft targets” such as ...

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Bennie Thompson

Sponsor. Representative for Mississippi's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 11, 2019
Length: 4 pages
May 2, 2019

Passed House (Senate next) on Jun 10, 2019

This bill passed in the House on June 10, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

20% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What legislators are saying

rep Lieu praises house support of religious and non profit institution safety grants
    — Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 11, 2019

Gottheimer-backed Bipartisan Bill to Support Counterterrorism Security Grants for Religious Institutions Passes House
    — Rep. Josh Gottheimer [D-NJ5] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 11, 2019

My Votes – Week of June 10
    — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5] on Jun 14, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates H.R. 2476 will add $368 million in new spending through 2029.


May 2, 2019

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

May 15, 2019
Ordered Reported

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May 30, 2019
Reported by House Committee on Homeland Security

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Jun 10, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 2476 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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