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H.R. 4052 (116th): 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 …

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)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 25, 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).


65 Cosponsors (64 Democrats, 1 Libertarian)


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 (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. 4052. 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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