Good news on passport revocation: the House rejected the Senate version of H.R. 644 (Trade Facilitation & Trade Enforcement Act, a.k.a. the “customs bill”) and substituted it with their own version, which passed in a largely party-lines vote. The House version of the bill does not include Senator Orrin Hatch’s provision to deny new U.S. passports and revoke existing passports of people who have outstanding unpaid taxes or form crime fines, or who do not provide SSNs (it is not clear whether this would deny passports to passport applicants who never had SSNs in the first place).
Also, as Tim alerts us in a comment, Section 603 of the Senate version of the Trade Preferences Extension Act (H.R. 1295) — which would have required U.S. banks to report accounts with zero or de minimis interest to the Treasury, in what could have been another step towards the alleged reciprocity that Treasury mendaciously promised it would offer FATCA “partner jurisdictions” — was removed from the House version of the bill before its overwhelming passage.
This does not mean that these provisions are dead yet. Both bills will now go to conference, where the Senate conferees will have the opportunity to pressure the House to reinsert the sections that they dropped. Separately, H.R. 1314 (the Trade Act, or colloquially the “trade promotion authority & trade adjustment assistance bill”), which contained a provision to deny the refundable portion of the child tax credit to filers who take the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, failed to pass; it may be scheduled for another vote in a few weeks.