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H.R. 4209: DHS Illicit Cross-Border Tunnel Defense Act

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To support remediation of illicit cross-border tunnels, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

August Pfluger

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 11th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Apr 6, 2022
Length: 4 pages
Jun 28, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Passed House (Senate next) on Apr 5, 2022

This bill passed in the House on April 5, 2022 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

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5 Cosponsors (3 Republicans, 2 Democrats)

33% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

the daily leader: tuesday, april 5, 2022
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Apr 4, 2022

House Passes Homeland Bills to Secure Southern Border & U.S. Supply Chain
    — Rep. John Katko [R-NY24] on Apr 5, 2022

the weekly leader: friday, april 1, 2022
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Apr 1, 2022

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 4209 will add $2 million in new spending through 2026.


Jun 28, 2021

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Jul 28, 2021
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Apr 1, 2022
Text Published

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Apr 5, 2022
Passed House (Senate next)

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Sep 28, 2022
Considered by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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