S.1536 – Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act

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Week ending December 22, 2017

S.1536 – Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act


of S. 1536, the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act, are to designate a human trafficking prevention coordinator and to expand the scope of activities authorized under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) outreach and education program to include human trafficking recognition, prevention, and reporting activities.

The bill expands the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s outreach and education program and DOT’s commercial driver’s license financial assistance program to include activities for the recognition, prevention, and reporting of human trafficking.

‘Finally, S. 1536 would create an advisory committee on human trafficking within the DOT, responsible for issuing legislative and administrative recommendations to the DOT while serving in an advisory capacity to State and local government agencies on human trafficking prevention strategies in the transportation sector.

(Full text of S. 1536 congress.gov)

SponsorSen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 07/12/2017)

Status: Passed Senate / Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 418 – 1 (Roll no. 695).

House Amendments:

Motion to recommit:

Text of the motion:


On Passage:  Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.

Procedural Actions:

Senate Amendments:


Cost to the taxpayers:  Administrative Expenses.–There is authorized to be appropriated from the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) for the Secretary of Transportation to pay administrative expenses of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety


(1) $267,400,000 for fiscal year 2016;

(2) $277,200,000 for fiscal year 2017;

(3) $283,000,000 for fiscal year 2018;

(4) $284,000,000 for fiscal year 2019; and

(5) $288,000,000 for fiscal year 2020.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting S. 1536 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting S. 1536 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028

Regulatory and Other Impact: S. 1536 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would benefit state and local agencies by authorizing the use of federal assistance to support the prevention of human trafficking. Any costs incurred by those entities would result from voluntary commitments

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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