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H.R. 1625: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018

Mar 23, 2018 at 12:21 a.m. ET. On the Motion to Concur in the Senate.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1625 (115th) in the Senate. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an appropriations bill, which sets overall spending limits by agency or program, typically for a single fiscal year (October 1 through September 30 of the next year).

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the government spending bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. On March 22, 2018, the House replaced the text of the bill with the spending bill (preprint text).


This bill was formerly the TARGET Act. A summary of the earlier bill from the Republican Policy Committee follows:

H.R. 1625 amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to authorize the State Department and law enforcement agencies to target international human traffickers by offering financial rewards for their arrest or conviction. The Department currently has a rewards program that uses appropriated funds to offer cash awards to deter transnational organized crime.

The legislation broadens the program to explicitly include severe forms of human trafficking, which are sex trafficking and labor trafficking as defined in Pub.L. 106-386. That law came from [H.R. 3244 (106th): Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000] (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/106/hr3244).

Any proposals to pay rewards are submitted to the Department of State by the Chief of Mission at a U.S. Embassy at the behest of a U.S. law enforcement agency. Reward proposals are carefully reviewed by an interagency committee, which makes a recommendation for a reward payment to the Secretary of State. Only the Secretary of State has the authority to determine if a reward should be paid. In cases where there is federal criminal jurisdiction, the Secretary must obtain the concurrence of the Attorney General.

Totals

All Votes R D I
Yea 67%
 
 
 
65
25
 
39
 
1
 
Nay 33%
 
 
 
32
23
 
8
 
1
 
Not Voting
 
 
 
3
3
 
0
 
0
 

Motion Agreed to. Simple Majority Required. Source: senate.gov.

The Yea votes represented 59% of the country’s population by apportioning each state’s population to its voting senators.

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