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H.R. 854: Humanitarian Assistance to the Venezuelan People Act of 2019

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To provide humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people, including Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the Americas and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 26th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2019
Length: 7 pages
Jan 29, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 25, 2019

This bill passed in the House on March 25, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

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

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Venezuela Legislation Introduced by Rep Mucarsel-Powell and South Florida Democrats Included in Appropriations Bill
    — Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell [D-FL26] (Sponsor) on Dec 16, 2019

Venezuela Legislation Introduced by South Florida Democrats Included in Appropriations Bill
    — Rep. Donna Shalala [D-FL27] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 16, 2019

Rubio, Menendez Aplauden Aprobacin del Comit De Relaciones Exteriores de la Ley VERDAD
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] on May 22, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 854 will add $300 million in new spending through 2029.


Jan 29, 2019

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Mar 14, 2019
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Mar 25, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 854 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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