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H.R. 8247 (116th): Veterans COMPACT Act of 2020

To make certain improvements relating to the transition of individuals to services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, suicide prevention for veterans, and care and services for women veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

Mark Takano

Sponsor. Representative for California's 41st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 13, 2020
Length: 15 pages
Sep 14, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 5, 2020

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 5, 2020.

Pub.L. 116-214

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Congressman Don Young Fights for Veterans, Helps Move 11 Bills to Improve the Lives and Health of Veterans Through the House
    — Rep. Don Young [R-AK, 1973-2022] on Sep 23, 2020

<span class='\"kicker\"'>Patch news article</span>'Rep. Smith's Outdoor Therapy For Veterans Bill Signed Into Law'
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] on Dec 9, 2020

Pappas-backed Veteran Suicide Prevention Legislation Headed to President's Desk for Signature
    — Rep. Chris Pappas [D-NH1] on Nov 11, 2020

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Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 5324: Sergeant Daniel Somers Veterans Network of Support Act of 2019

Introduced on Dec 5, 2019. 98% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2864: Sergeant Daniel Somers Veterans Network of Support Act of 2019

Passed Senate (House next) on Jun 30, 2020. 98% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 4154: Leave no Veteran Behind Act

Introduced on Aug 2, 2019. 98% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7747: To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress an annual report on the Solid Start program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Introduced on Jul 23, 2020. 98% incorporated. (compare text)


Sep 14, 2020

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Sep 17, 2020
Ordered Reported

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Sep 18, 2020
Text Published

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Sep 23, 2020
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Nov 10, 2020
Passed Senate

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Dec 5, 2020
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 8247 (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. 8247. 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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