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S. 4426 (116th): City and State Diplomacy Act

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Should foreign policy be the exclusive dominion of the executive branch and Congress?


Many of the 21st century’s most pressing political issues, from infectious disease spread to terrorism, primarily affect cities. But many state or local leaders increasingly feel that their polarized and gridlocked national government is unable to effectively respond.

This criticism predates the Trump Administration; many state and local governments divested from South Africa during the Reagan-era apartheid years in the 1980s. But the concept has taken on increased prominence in the Trump era. For example, a coalition of 25 governors — representing more than half the population and well more than half the U.S. economy — have agreed to abide by the Paris Climate Agreement, even as the U.S. pulled out in 2017 on a …

Sponsor and status

Christopher Murphy

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Connecticut. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Aug 4, 2020
Length: 12 pages
Aug 4, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on August 4, 2020, 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).


4 Cosponsors (3 Democrats, 1 Republican)



Aug 4, 2020

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S. 4426 (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. 4426. 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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