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S. 945: Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act

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A bill to amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to require certain issuers to disclose to the Securities and Exchange Commission information regarding foreign jurisdictions that prevent the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board from performing inspections under that Act, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

John Kennedy

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Louisiana. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 20, 2020
Length: 10 pages
Mar 28, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Passed Senate (House next) on May 20, 2020

This bill passed in the Senate on May 20, 2020 and goes to the House next for consideration.

48% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rubio Welcomes Report by Presidents Working Group on Financial Markets to Address Chinas Exploitation of U.S. Financial System
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] on Aug 7, 2020

Rubio Urges Presidents Working Group on Financial Markets to Address Chinas Exploitation of U.S. Financial System
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] on Jul 21, 2020

Rubio Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation to Ban Chinese & Foreign Firms That Flaunt U.S. Laws From U.S. Exchanges
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] on May 20, 2020

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Mar 28, 2019

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May 20, 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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S. 945 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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