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H.R. 312: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act

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To reaffirm the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reservation, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

William Keating

Sponsor. Representative for Massachusetts's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 20, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Jan 8, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Passed House (Senate next) on May 15, 2019

This bill passed in the House on May 15, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

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

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Court Decision in Mashpee Case Reaffirms Haaland’s Bicameral, Bipartisan Legal Brief Filed to Protect Tribal Land Rights
    — Rep. Debra Haaland [D-NM1] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 6, 2020

Rep. Gallego Responds to Trumps Attempted Sabotage of Bill to Recognize and Protect Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Homeland
    — Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7] (Co-sponsor) on May 8, 2019

House Democrats Pull Controversial Casino Bill After Opposition from Gosar and Trump
    — Rep. Paul Gosar [R-AZ4] on May 8, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to H.R. 312 will be negligible.


Jan 8, 2019

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May 1, 2019
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May 10, 2019
Reported by House Committee on Natural Resources

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May 15, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 312 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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