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H.R. 8438: 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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Christopher “Chris” Smith

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

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Last Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Length: 28 pages
Sep 29, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Passed House (Senate next) on Nov 18, 2020

This bill passed in the House on November 18, 2020 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

74% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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<span class='\"kicker\"'>Full Committee passed Smith's....</span>H.R. 8438Belarus Democracy, Human Rights, and Sovereignty Act of 2020
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Oct 1, 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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Sep 29, 2020

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Oct 1, 2020
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Nov 13, 2020
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Nov 13, 2020
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Nov 18, 2020
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