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H.R. 7806 (116th): SOS Act

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About the bill

As Don McLean sang, “But I knew I was out of luck the day the music died.”


When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was quickly created to offer an eight-week lifeline for temporarily shuttered businesses. But while many of those businesses have indeed returned to something approximating normality, live music venues face a different challenge.

The crowded nature and close proximity of concerts means they’ll likely be among the last operations to return to their pre-pandemic normal. Most concert venues are predicting they won’t return until 2021 at the earliest — or, as seems increasingly likely, until 2022.

What the legislation does

The Save Our Stages (SOS) Act would provide $10 billion of financial support to live local music venues, for payroll and ...

Sponsor and status

Peter Welch

Sponsor. Representative for Vermont At Large. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 27, 2020
Length: 14 pages
Jul 27, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 27, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Welch Introduces Bill to Aid Local Music Venues Hit Hard by the Pandemic
    — Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0] (Sponsor) on Jul 28, 2020

McCaul Supports Grants to Help the Music Industry
    — Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 10, 2020

Congressman Cohen Asks Congressional Leaders to Include Support for Restaurants and Entertainment Venues in Next Coronavirus Relief Bill
    — Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 25, 2020

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Jul 27, 2020

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

H.R. 7806 (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. 7806. 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 enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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