H.R.995 – 21st Century Respect Act

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H.R.995 – 21st Century Respect Act


HR 995 ‘requires the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior to change the terminology used to describe the racial background or place of origin of people in regulations concerning USDA programs for financing and insuring loans for properties in rural areas, and the 1974 development plan for Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.’

Under the bill the term “Negro or Black” would be replaced with “Black or African American”, to the term “Spanish Surname” would be replaced with “Hispanic”, and the term “Oriental” would be replaced with “Asian American or Pacific Islander”.

(Full text of H.R. 995 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [D-NY-8] (Introduced 02/09/2017)

Status: Passed House /



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On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

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Cost to the taxpayersCBO estimates that implementing the proposed changes would not significantly affect federal spending.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  H.R. 995 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 995 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 995 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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