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H.R. 5150 (117th): Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2021

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To reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and for other purposes.

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The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations, which set overall spending limits by agency or program, and authorizations, which direct how federal funds should (or should not) be used. Appropriation and authorization provisions are typically made for single fiscal years. A reauthorization bill like this one renews the authorizations of an expiring law.

Sponsor and status

Christopher “Chris” Smith

Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 3, 2021
Length: 92 pages
Sep 3, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 3, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote. Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).

Provisions of this bill also appear in:

S. 3949: Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022
Enacted — Signed by the President on Jan 5, 2023. (compare text)

30 Cosponsors (16 Democrats, 14 Republicans)


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What legislators are saying

<span class='\"kicker\"'>Catholic News Agency article</span>'Rep. Chris Smith highlights bipartisan bill on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day'
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Jan 12, 2022

<span class='\"kicker\"'>On National Human Trafficking Awareness Day</span>Smith calls on House to pass Frederick Douglass bill to bolster efforts to combat modern-day slavery
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Jan 11, 2022

United States marks 21st anniversary of the landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act authored by Smith
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Oct 28, 2021

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Sep 3, 2021

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H.R. 5150 (117th) was 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 H.R. 5150. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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