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S. 1186 (116th): Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2019

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A bill to promote democracy and human rights in Burma, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Benjamin Cardin

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Maryland. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 11, 2019
Length: 40 pages
Apr 11, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 11, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

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).


23 Cosponsors (18 Democrats, 4 Republicans, 1 Independent)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Cardin, Young, Engel, Chabot Call for Accountability on Second Anniversary of Rohingya Genocide
    — Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD] (Sponsor) on Aug 26, 2019

Rubio, Colleagues Renew Call for Sanctions on Burmese Officials for Rohingya Atrocities
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 12, 2019

Chabot, Engel, Cardin, Young Call for Accountability on Second Anniversary of Rohingya Genocide
    — Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1, 2011-2022] on Aug 26, 2019

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Apr 11, 2019

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

S. 1186 (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 S. 1186. 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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