H.R. 835 would establish a new federal crime related to the use of prohibited substances to influence the outcome of certain international sports competitions. People who violate the act’s provisions could be subject to criminal fines, so the federal government might collect additional fines under the legislation. Criminal fines are recorded in the budget as revenues, deposited in the Crime Victims Fund, and later spent without further appropriation. CBO expects any additional revenues and associated direct spending would not be significant because relatively few additional cases probably would be affected by the act.
On November 1, 2019, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for H.R. 835, the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019, as passed by the House of Representatives on October 22, 2019. The two versions of the legislation are similar and CBO’s estimated costs are the same.