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H.R. 4052: To prohibit the imposition of the death penalty for any violation of Federal law, and for other purposes.

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About the bill

Should the federal government be in the business of executing people?


The death penalty was last used by the federal government back in 2003, when Louis Jones was put to death for raping and then killing a female soldier in the Army.

But in July, Attorney General William Barr announced that the federal government will once again resume carrying out the federal death penalty. He cited five specific individuals who had been found guilty of the most heinous crimes, including rape, torture, and murder — and who, under this new policy, will now be executed in December and January.

What the bill does

Two House bills would disallow the federal government from carrying out the death penalty.

One bill is the Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act. It was introduced in ...

Sponsor and status

Ayanna Pressley

Sponsor. Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 25, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jul 25, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jul 25, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on July 25, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Congresswoman Pressley’s Statement on First Federal Execution Since 2003
    — Rep. Ayanna Pressley [D-MA7] (Sponsor) on Jul 14, 2020

Raskin's Oversight Subcommittee Investigates Trump Administrations Decision to Resume Federal Executions
    — Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD8] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 14, 2019

Rep. Pressley Launches A Bold, Progressive Criminal Legal Reform Resolution: The Peoples Justice Guarantee
    — Rep. Ayanna Pressley [D-MA7] (Sponsor) on Nov 14, 2019

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Jul 25, 2019

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H.R. 4052 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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