H.R.3851 – War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act

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H.R.3851 – War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act


HR 3851 amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to provide for rewards for the arrest or conviction of certain foreign nationals who have committed genocide or war crimes.

“”Under current law, whether the department has the authority to designate individuals who have not been charged by an international tribunal is unclear. (The department did not provide clarification.) To the extent that the bill would allow the department to designate more individuals, implementing H.R. 3851 could increase spending subject to appropriation. However, CBO has no basis for estimating whether implementing that provision would have discretionary costs because we cannot determine whether the department would offer additional awards under this authority, or how many, or when such awards might be paid.” – cbo

 (Full text of H.R. 3851 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5] (Introduced 09/27/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 407 – 0 (Roll no. 61)

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Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

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Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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