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H.R. 596: Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act

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About the bill

Should the U.S. officially recognize Russia’s annexation of the Crimea section of Ukraine?

Context and what the bill does

In 2014, Russia under Vladimir Putin claimed a portion of bordering Ukraine called Crimea as its own, in Europe’s biggest land acquisition since World War II. Many criticize this move as an undemocratic power grab, in line with Putin’s perceived goals of expanded global influence by any means necessary.

The Department of Defense is banned from recognizing or acknowledging Russia’s annexation, in both the 2017 and the 2018 versions of the annual National Defense Authorization Act.

The Crimea Annexation Non-Recognition Act would extend that prohibition to the entire federal government.

It was introduced in the House on January 13 as bill number H.R. 596 by ...

Sponsor and status

Gerald Connolly

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 11th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jan 16, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 12, 2019

This bill passed in the House on March 12, 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

House Foreign Affairs Committee Passes Connolly-Chabot Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act
    — Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11] (Sponsor) on Mar 12, 2019

My Votes – Week of March 11
    — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5] on Mar 15, 2019

TURNER Supports Bills Combating Russian Aggression
    — Rep. Michael Turner [R-OH10] on Mar 12, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to H.R. 596 will be negligible.


Jan 16, 2019

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Mar 7, 2019
Ordered Reported

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Mar 12, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

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Signed by the President

H.R. 596 is 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. 596. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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