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H.R. 8270 (116th): I am Vanessa Guillén Act of 2020

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How should the armed services handle such claims?

Context

Only 20 years old, Vanessa Guillen [pronounced GEE-yen], an Army Private First Class stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, was murdered in April by a fellow military member who Guillen was likely about to formally accuse of sexual harassment. She had been missing for more than two months by the time her remains were discovered. The suspected murderer committed suicide as law enforcement closed in on him for apprehension.

The Army’s internal investigation of Guillen’s case interviewed hundreds of people but found no credible evidence of sexual harassment. Nevertheless,the hashtag #IAmVanessaGuillen went viral as a military-specific version of the famous #MeToo hashtag, in which people shared their personal stories of sexual harassment or sexual assault through social media to …

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Jackie Speier

Sponsor. Representative for California's 14th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Length: 29 pages
Introduced
Sep 16, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 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).

Cosponsors

187 Cosponsors (159 Democrats, 28 Republicans)

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History

Sep 16, 2020
 
Introduced

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

H.R. 8270 (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. 8270. 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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