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H.R. 777 (116th): Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019

To reauthorize programs authorized under the Debbie Smith Act of 2004.

The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations, which set overall spending limits by agency or program, and authorizations, which direct how federal funds should (or should not) be used. Appropriation and authorization provisions are typically made for single fiscal years. A reauthorization bill like this one renews the authorizations of an expiring law.

Sponsor and status

Carolyn Maloney

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 12th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 20, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jan 24, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 30, 2019

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 30, 2019.

Pub.L. 116-104

24 Cosponsors (13 Republicans, 11 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Wrapping Up the Legislative Year
    — Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12] (Sponsor) on Dec 20, 2019

Chairman Nadler Lauds Passage of the Debbie Smith Act, Calls on Senate to Take Up VAWA
    — Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 24, 2019

My Votes – Week of October 21
    — Rep. Cathy Anne McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5] on Oct 25, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 777 will add $644 million in new spending through 2024.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 820: Debbie Smith Act of 2019

Passed Senate (House next) on May 16, 2019. 25% incorporated. (compare text)


Jan 24, 2019

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Oct 23, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

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

Dec 17, 2019
Passed Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 30, 2019
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 777 (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. 777. 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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