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S. 712: 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)

Passed Senate (House next) on Jun 15, 2020

This bill passed in the Senate on June 15, 2020 and goes to the House next for consideration.

77% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senate Approves Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act
    — Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez [D-NJ] (Sponsor) on Jun 16, 2020

Senate Approves Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-taking Accountability Act
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 16, 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.

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Signed by the President

S. 712 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. 712. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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