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S. 712 (116th): Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act

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A bill to provide assistance for United States nationals taken hostage or unlawfully or wrongfully detained abroad, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Robert “Bob” Menendez

Sponsor. Senior Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Length: 22 pages
Mar 7, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 133: H.R. 133: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 [Including Coronavirus Stimulus & Relief]
Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 27, 2020. (compare text)

4 Cosponsors (3 Democrats, 1 Republican)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senators Menendez, Rubio, Leahy, Coons, Shaheen Celebrate Expected Passage of Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability ActRead More
    — Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez [D-NJ] (Sponsor) on Dec 21, 2020

Rubio, Menendez, Leahy, Coons, Shaheen, Praise Passage of Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 22, 2020

Senate Approves Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery And Hostage-Taking Accountability Act
    — Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 16, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to S. 712 will be negligible.


Mar 7, 2019

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

May 14, 2020
Considered by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

May 21, 2020
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.

Jun 15, 2020
Passed Senate (House next)

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

S. 712 (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. 712. 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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