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H.R. 3571 (116th): City and State Diplomacy Act

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Should foreign policy be the exclusive dominion of the executive branch and Congress?


Many of the 21st century’s most pressing political issues, from infectious disease spread to terrorism, primarily affect cities. But many state or local leaders increasingly feel that their polarized and gridlocked national government is unable to effectively respond.

This criticism predates the Trump Administration; many state and local governments divested from South Africa during the Reagan-era apartheid years in the 1980s. But the concept has taken on increased prominence in the Trump era. For example, a coalition of 25 governors — representing more than half the population and well more than half the U.S. economy — have agreed to abide by the Paris Climate Agreement, even as the U.S. pulled out in 2017 on a …

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Ted Lieu

Sponsor. Representative for California's 33rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 27, 2020
Jun 27, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on December 18, 2019, 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).


17 Cosponsors (11 Democrats, 6 Republicans)


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What legislators are saying

the daily leader: thursday, december 3, 2020
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Dec 2, 2020

the weekly leader: friday, november 27, 2020
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Nov 27, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 3571 will add $5 million in new spending through 2025.


Jun 27, 2019

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

Dec 18, 2019
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Nov 27, 2020
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Suspension).

H.R. 3571 (116th) 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 H.R. 3571. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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