skip to main content

H.R. 3851: War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3851 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 3851 would explicitly authorize the Department of State to offer awards under its War Crimes Rewards Program for crimes that would be prosecuted in United States courts under the laws and statutes of the United States.

Background Under the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956, the Secretary of State is authorized to offer rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of individuals responsible for certain forms of international terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and organized crime. This includes foreign nationals arrested or convicted “in any country” or “by an international criminal tribunal” for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

H.R. 3851 would eliminate any questions about whether such rewards can be used in connection with domestic prosecution of foreign nationals in U.S. courts under U.S. law – such as statutes criminalizing war crimes (18 U.S.C. 2441) or genocide (18 U.S.C. 1091) – by adding a reference to “under United States law.”

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 95%
 
 
407
224
 
183
 
Nay 0%
 
 
0
0
 
0
 
Not Voting 5%
 
 
23
13
 
10
 

Date: Feb 7, 2018

Question: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House

Required: 2/3

Result: Passed

Source: house.gov

Ideology Vote Chart

Key: R Yea D Yea
Seat position based on our ideology score.

Cartogram Map

Each hexagon represents one congressional district.

What you can do

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote? “Aye” or “Yea”?
Download as CSV

Statistically Notable Votes

Statistically notable votes are the votes that are most surprising, or least predictable, given how other members of each voter’s party voted and other factors.

All Votes