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S. 50: Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act

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A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to assess sanitation and safety conditions at Bureau of Indian Affairs facilities that were constructed to provide affected Columbia River Treaty tribes access to traditional fishing grounds and expend funds on construction of facilities and structures to improve those conditions, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Jeff Merkley

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Oregon. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 27, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Jan 8, 2019

Passed Senate (House next) on Jun 27, 2019

This bill passed in the Senate on June 27, 2019 and goes to the House next for consideration.

86% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates S. 50 will add $11 million in new spending through 2024.


Jan 8, 2019

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Jan 29, 2019
Ordered Reported

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Mar 13, 2019
Reported by Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Jun 27, 2019
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

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S. 50 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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