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S. 2551: Tariff Rebate Act

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About the bill

Where should the money collected from tariffs on China and others go: to the Treasury’s general fund, or back to individual taxpayers?


President Trump has instituted tariffs on hundreds of billions worth of foreign goods, especially from China. That means that when American individuals or companies import from China, they have to pay that tariff.

Currently, the extra money American individuals or companies pay when importing such surcharged goods goes into the Treasury Department’s general fund, where almost all taxes and revenue go, to pay for government expenditures and programs. But what if it went directly back to taxpayers instead, to spend as they choose?

What the bill does

The Tariff Rebate Act would take money collected through the tariffs and give it back to lower- and ...

Sponsor and status

Tom Cotton

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Arkansas. Republican.

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

Introduced on Sep 26, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on September 26, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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


Sep 26, 2019

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S. 2551 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2551. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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