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H.R. 8438 (116th): Belarus Democracy, Human Rights, and Sovereignty Act of 2020

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To reauthorize the Belarus Democracy Act of 2004.

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Sponsor and status

Christopher “Chris” Smith

Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Nov 30, 2020
Length: 27 pages
Introduced
Sep 29, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 133: H.R. 133: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 [Including Coronavirus Stimulus & Relief]
Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 27, 2020. (compare text)
Cosponsors

15 Cosponsors (12 Democrats, 3 Republicans)

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Position statements

What legislators are saying

<span class='\"kicker\"'>House, Senate pass for Smiths legislation on Belarus</span> Belarus Democracy and Human Rights Act of 2020 to head to White House
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Dec 21, 2020

House Members Introduce Belarus Democracy and Human Rights Act
    — Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R-IL16] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 1, 2020

the daily leader: wednesday, november 18, 2020
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Nov 17, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 8438 will add $22 million in new spending through 2030.

History

Sep 29, 2020
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Oct 1, 2020
 
Ordered Reported

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Nov 13, 2020
 
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Suspension).

Nov 18, 2020
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 8438 (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. 8438. 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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