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H.R. 2862 (116th): VACCINES Act of 2019

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To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for a national system for surveillance of vaccine rates, to authorize research on vaccine hesitancy, to increase public understanding of the benefits of immunizations, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Kim Schrier

Sponsor. Representative for Washington's 8th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 21, 2019
Length: 9 pages
May 21, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 21, 2019, 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).


30 Cosponsors (20 Democrats, 10 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Schrier Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Immunizations, Prevent Future Outbreaks
    — Rep. Kim Schrier [D-WA8] (Sponsor) on May 21, 2019

Engel & House Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Immunizations, Prevent Future Outbreaks
    — Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16, 2013-2020] (Co-sponsor) on May 22, 2019

congressman joe Morelle sponsors legislation to ensure every child attending public school is vaccinated, protecting the health and safety of our communities
    — Rep. Joseph Morelle [D-NY25] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 13, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

American Academy of Pediatrics American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, and American Psychiatric Association.


May 21, 2019

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H.R. 2862 (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. 2862. 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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