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H.R. 5003: Fair Debt Collection Practices for Servicemembers Act

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To amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to provide enhanced protection against debt collector harassment of members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Madeleine Dean

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 3, 2020
Length: 5 pages
Nov 8, 2019

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 2, 2020

This bill passed in the House on March 2, 2020 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

22% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

The House passes Rep. Dean's Legislation to Protect our Soldiers from Abusive Debt Collectors
    — Rep. Madeleine Dean [D-PA4] (Sponsor) on Mar 2, 2020

the daily leader: monday, march 2, 2020
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Mar 2, 2020

the weekly leader: friday, february 28, 2020
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Feb 28, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates new spending due to H.R. 5003 will be negligible.


Nov 8, 2019

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Nov 13, 2019
Considered by House Committee on Financial Services

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Nov 14, 2019
Ordered Reported

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Feb 28, 2020
On House Schedule

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Mar 2, 2020
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 5003 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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