A bill authored by a California lawmaker that could potentially allow the federal government to prevent any Americans who owe back taxes from traveling outside the U.S. is one step closer to becoming law.

Senate Bill 1813 was introduced back in November by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Los Angeles) to ?reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes? .

After clearing the Senate on a 74 ? 22 vote on March 14, SB 1813 is now headed for a vote in the House of Representatives, where it?s expected to encounter stiffer opposition among the GOP majority.

Section 40304 of the legislation states that any individual who owes more than $50,000 to the Internal Revenue Service may be subject to ?action with respect to denial, revocation, or limitation of a passport?.

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