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H.R. 850: Agency Accountability Act of 2019

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About the bill

When Americans pay to enter a national park or file a patent, should the legislative branch or executive branch agencies have primary say over that money’s allocation?


Federal agencies and departments are primarily funded through taxes, but not entirely. Examples include entry fees for federal parks to the National Parks Services, fees for obtaining or renewing a passport to the State Department, filing fees when registering a patent or creative creation through the Patent and Trademark Office, and stamps when sending an envelope or package through the Postal Service.

About $369.9 billion in federal user fees were collected in 2019 (see page 156 in that linked PDF). That represents about 10% of all federal receipts.

What the legislation does

The Agency Accountability Act would deposit most federal ...

Sponsor and status

Gary Palmer

Sponsor. Representative for Alabama's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 29, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Jan 29, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jan 29, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 29, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 29, 2019

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H.R. 850 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. 850. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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