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S. 2071: Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act

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About the bill

Did you know that federal laws requiring the forced labor of Native Americans are still on the books?

Context and what the legislation does

The U.S. has had a rocky relationship with Native Americans through the centuries. A number of federal laws which were enacted during far more discriminatory periods remain on the books, even though they are no longer enforced.

The Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act would repeal all or parts of 11 such federal laws. Among them:

Sponsor and status

Mike Rounds

Sponsor. Junior Senator for South Dakota. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 10, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Jul 10, 2019

Ordered Reported on Jul 17, 2019

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on July 17, 2019.

15% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Clarke Calls on Boehner and Pelosi to Protect Medicare
    — Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9] on Jun 5, 2015

Kaptur Applauds Start of Work to Fully Dredge Cleveland Harbor
    — Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9] on May 21, 2015

Udall Leads Committee Passage of Amended Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension Act
    — Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM] on Jul 18, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates new spending due to S. 2071 will be negligible.


Jul 10, 2019

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

Jul 17, 2019
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
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Passed House

Signed by the President

S. 2071 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.

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