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H.R. 7607 (116th): Masks for All Act of 2020

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Currently, 17 states don’t require mask wearing statewide.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, the evidence is clear: masks work to reduce transmission rates. Yet, not every state requires them.

Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming all have less than a complete mandatory mask requirement. (Some of those states have no law at all, while others require masks in parts of the state, or for public employees only.)

On August 13, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden called for a three-month nationwide mask mandate. However, he also tempered the efficacy of his proposal by suggesting it shouldn’t come from the president or Congress, but rather should be implemented by the consensus of all ...

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Frederica Wilson

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 24th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 13, 2020
Length: 7 pages
Jul 13, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 13, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Jul 13, 2020

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 7607 (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. 7607. 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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