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H.R. 1966 (116th): Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act of 2019

To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to complete a study on barriers to participation in federally funded cancer clinical trials by populations that have been traditionally underrepresented in such trials.

Sponsor and status

Elijah Cummings

Sponsor. Representative for Maryland's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Mar 28, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Jan 5, 2021

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on January 5, 2021.

Pub.L. 116-291

78 Cosponsors (69 Democrats, 9 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Higgins Announces Passage of Bills Aimed at Improving Access to Cancer Screening & Clinical Trials
    — Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 10, 2020

House Passes Legislation Honoring Immortal Cells of Baltimore Native Henrietta Lacks
    — Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 9, 2020

E&C Republican Leaders' Statement on House Passage of Health Bills
    — Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26] on Dec 9, 2020

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Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 4819: Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2020

Introduced on Oct 20, 2020. 0% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 946: Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act of 2019

Introduced on Mar 28, 2019. 92% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6637: Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2020

Introduced on Apr 28, 2020. 0% incorporated. (compare text)


Mar 28, 2019

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Dec 7, 2020
Text Published

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Dec 9, 2020
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 18, 2020
Passed Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Jan 5, 2021
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 1966 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1966. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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