To establish the 400 Years of African-American History Commission, and for other purposes.
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Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Sep 6, 2016
Length: 14 pages
114th Congress (2015–2017)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 5, 2016 but was never passed by the Senate.
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65 Cosponsors (61 Democrats, 4 Republicans)
Ordered Reported — Jul 13, 2016
What legislators are saying
“Kaine, Warner, Scott, Members of VA Delegation & Congressional Black Caucus Applaud House Passage of Bill to Recognize 400 Years of African American History”
— Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3] (Sponsor) on Jul 6, 2016
“Beyer Joins With Kaine, Scott, Members of VA Delegation & Congressional Black Caucus To Applaud House Passage Of Bill To Recognize 400 Years Of African American History”
— Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 6, 2016
“Warner, Kaine, Scott, Members of the VA Delegation & Congressional Black Caucus Applaud House Passage of Bill to Recognize 400 Years of African American History”
— Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA] on Jul 6, 2016
Feb 11, 2016
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Jul 5, 2016
Passed House (Senate next)
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Sep 6, 2016
Reported by Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
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Jan 8, 2018
Reintroduced Bill — Enacted — Signed by the President
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 1242 (115th).
H.R. 4539 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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