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H.R. 995 (116th): Settlement Agreement Information Database Act of 2019

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Should there be a centralized and publicly searchable database of government lawsuit settlements?


More than $4.3 billion in taxpayer money was used to settle lawsuits against the federal government or its employees in fiscal year 2016, through a little-known Treasury Department account known as the Judgment Fund. However, that fund is only tapped by government agencies if the agency in question does not have the requisite funds to pay out a settlement themselves. So while the Judgment Fund's payments are publicly searchable online, many or even most federal government settlements are not. Government-funded settlement agreements have received far more attention in the past two years, as the Me Too movement shined a spotlight on dozens of sexual harassment settlements involving federal workers.

What the bill does

The Settlement …

Sponsor and status

Gary Palmer

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

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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2019
Length: 11 pages
Feb 6, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on February 13, 2019 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)



Feb 6, 2019

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Feb 13, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

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May 15, 2019
Considered by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

H.R. 995 (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. 995. 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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