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H.R. 639: To amend section 327 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to clarify that National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task forces may include Federal employees.

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Vicky Hartzler

Sponsor. Representative for Missouri's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Apr 9, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jan 17, 2019

Passed House (Senate next) on Apr 8, 2019

This bill passed in the House on April 8, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

37% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What legislators are saying

April 19, 2019 Vicky's View from the Capitol
    — Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R-MO4] (Sponsor) on Apr 19, 2019

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - April 12, 2019
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0] on Apr 15, 2019

the daily leader: monday, april 8, 2019
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Apr 7, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform: estimates new spending due to H.R. 639 will be negligible.


Jan 17, 2019

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Feb 27, 2019
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Apr 2, 2019
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Apr 5, 2019
On House Schedule

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Apr 8, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

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