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H.R. 8354 (116th): Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative Act of 2020

To establish the Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative within the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

Veronica Escobar

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 16th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 18, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Sep 23, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Jan 5, 2021

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on January 5, 2021.

Pub.L. 116-288

7 Cosponsors (5 Democrats, 2 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

U.S. House Judiciary Committee Passes Congresswoman Escobar’s Bill to Protect Servicemembers and Veterans
    — Rep. Veronica Escobar [D-TX16] (Sponsor) on Sep 29, 2020

House Judiciary Committee Sends 4 Bills to House Floor
    — Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY12] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 30, 2020

Following Hirono and Ernst Advocacy, Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Permanently Establish Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative Act in Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division Passes Senate, Heads to President
    — Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI] on Dec 16, 2020

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Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 5010: Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative Act of 2020.

Introduced on Dec 10, 2020. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4915: Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative Act of 2020.

Introduced on Nov 18, 2020. 90% incorporated. (compare text)


Sep 23, 2020

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Sep 29, 2020
Ordered Reported

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Dec 4, 2020
Text Published

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Dec 7, 2020
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Dec 8, 2020
Passed House (Senate next)

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Dec 15, 2020
Passed Senate

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Jan 5, 2021
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 8354 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 8354. 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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