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H.R. 4194: National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2019

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Should there be a three-digit telephone code for help with suicidal thoughts, the way there’s a three-digit code for emergencies?

Context

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall, with more than twice as many suicides as homicides in the U.S.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, more commonly called “the suicide hotline,” is a free service that began in 2005. Last year, the hotline took 2.2 million calls.

The phone number has achieved more prominence lately. A song about suicide with that title, by the rapper Logic featuring the singer Alessia Cara, reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2017. Calls to the hotline tripled after their Grammy Awards performance, which featured families of suicide victims standing on stage.

However, could it have potentially ...

Sponsor and status

Chris Stewart

Sponsor. Representative for Utah's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Aug 20, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Introduced
Aug 20, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted, so there will not likely be further activity on this bill.

This bill was incorporated into:

S. 2661: National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020
Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 17, 2020. (compare text)
Prognosis
3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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Position statements

What legislators are saying

Stewart Urges Adoption of National Suicide Hotline in Next COVID-19 Relief Package
    — Rep. Chris Stewart [R-UT2] (Sponsor) on Apr 27, 2020

McKinley Applauds Passage of the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act
    — Rep. David McKinley [R-WV1] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 21, 2020

Senator Baldwin Calls on U.S. House of Representatives to Take Up and Pass 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline Bill
    — Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI] on Jul 30, 2020

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History

Aug 20, 2019
 
Introduced

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Feb 27, 2020
 
Considered by Communications and Technology

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Mar 10, 2020
 
Considered by Communications and Technology

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jul 15, 2020
 
Ordered Reported

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H.R. 4194 is 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. 4194. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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