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H.R. 5773 (117th): Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2021

About the bill

“Let’s settle this outside.” Specifically, with outside nonprofit groups.


Usually, when the federal government reaches a settlement in a case against an institution like a large bank or corporation, the money goes one of two places: either to the injured party (or parties), or otherwise the U.S. Treasury.

However,Former President Barack Obama’s Justice Department implemented a practice which allowed — and in some cases even required — such negotiated settlements to go towards third parties, including left-leaning nonprofit or advocacy groups such as the National Urban League and UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza). The money has also gone to left-leaning groups including ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

In 2017, President Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions …

Sponsor and status

Lance Gooden

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 28, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Oct 28, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on October 28, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

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).


21 Cosponsors (21 Republicans)



Oct 28, 2021

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

H.R. 5773 (117th) 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 H.R. 5773. 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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