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H.R. 7629 (116th): COVID–19 National Memorial Act

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About the bill

Once this is all over, what’s the best way to honor the lives lost in the pandemic?

Context and what the bill does

The U.S. has national memorials to World War I which killed 116,516 Americans, to the Vietnam War which killed 58,220 Americans, and 9/11’s Flight 93 which killed 40 Americans. So what about the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 150,000 Americans to date.

The COVID–19 National Memorial Act would create a national memorial at a to-be-designated location in the Bronx, New York City.

It was introduced in the House on July 16 as bill number H.R. 7629, by Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY13).

What supporters say

Supporters argue that this pandemic needs to remain in the public’s consciousness forever, unlike the faint cultural memory of the …

Sponsor and status

Adriano Espaillat

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 13th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 16, 2020
Length: 6 pages
Jul 16, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 16, 2020, 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).


1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)



Jul 16, 2020

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H.R. 7629 (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. 7629. 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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