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H.R. 3197 (115th): PUPPERS Act of 2017

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To amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from conducting medical research causing significant pain or distress to dogs.

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Sponsor and status

David “Dave” Brat

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 7th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 12, 2017
Length: 2 pages
Jul 12, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 12, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


101 Cosponsors (73 Democrats, 28 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Reps. Brat and Titus Introduce Bill to Limit Testing on Dogs at the Department of Veteran Affairs
    — Rep. David “Dave” Brat [R-VA7, 2014-2018] (Sponsor) on Jul 12, 2017

PITTENGER: Taxpayers Shouldn't Foot the Bill for Cruel Dog Testing
    — Rep. Robert Pittenger [R-NC9, 2013-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 10, 2018

Rep. Titus Applauds AMVETS for Joining Effort to End VA Dog Experiments
    — Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 23, 2018

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Jul 12, 2017

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H.R. 3197 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3197. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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