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H.R. 732: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 732 in the House.

H.R. 732 would prohibit government officials from entering into or enforcing any settlement agreement for civil or criminal actions on behalf of the United States if that agreement requires a party to the settlement to make a donation to a non-victim third party. That prohibition would not include payments to provide restitution that directly remedies actual harm caused by the defendant, including harm to the environment.

In the 2013 JP Morgan settlement with DOJ, the bank was offered credit against its settlement obligations for donations to community redevelopment groups. The Citi and Bank of America settlements in 2014 required $150 million in donations to housing non-profits. These donations earned double credit against the banks’ overall obligations. Meanwhile, credit for direct forms of consumer relief remained dollar-for-dollar.

According to the bill sponsor, “In its last two years, the Obama Justice Department directed nearly a billion dollars to third-parties entirely outside of Congress’s spending and oversight authority. In some cases, these mandatory donation provisions reinstated funding Congress specifically cut.”

Thus, the use of donations to non-victim third parties took funds that would have otherwise gone into the Treasury to be appropriated or not by Congress and redirected them for purposes the administration deemed preferable or at least acceptable without any Congressional involvement.

Source: Republican Policy Committee

115th Congress
Oct 24, 2017
On Passage of the Bill in the House

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Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Aye 238
231 7
  No 183
0 183
Not Voting 11
7 4
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