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S. 169 (116th): Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act

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A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption from gross income for civil damages as recompense for trafficking in persons.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

John Cornyn

Sponsor. Senator for Texas. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 16, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jan 16, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 16, 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).


13 Cosponsors (9 Republicans, 3 Democrats, 1 Independent)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Cornyn, Wyden Introduce Bill to Exempt Trafficking Survivors’ Restitution from Federal Taxes
    — Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX] (Sponsor) on Jan 17, 2019

Capito Introduces Bill to Exempt Trafficking Survivors Restitution from Federal Taxes
    — Sen. Shelley Moore Capito [R-WV] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 18, 2019

Schneider, Marchant, Sewell, Smith Introduce Bipartisan Bicameral Bill to Aid Survivors of Human Trafficking
    — Rep. Bradley “Brad” Schneider [D-IL10] on Jan 18, 2019

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Jan 16, 2019

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

S. 169 (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. 169. 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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