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S. 1982 (116th): Save Our Seas 2.0 Act

A bill to improve efforts to combat marine debris, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

Dan Sullivan

Sponsor. Senator for Alaska. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 3, 2020
Length: 26 pages
Jun 26, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 18, 2020

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 18, 2020.

Pub.L. 116-224

19 Cosponsors (12 Democrats, 6 Republicans, 1 Independent)


Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 3969: SOS 2.0 Act

Introduced on Jul 25, 2019. 52% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2364: Save Our Seas 2.0: Enhancing the Domestic Marine Debris Response Act

Introduced on Jul 31, 2019. 61% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2372: Save Our Seas 2.0: Enhanced Global Engagement to Combat Marine Debris Act

Ordered Reported on Sep 25, 2019. 96% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2260: Save Our Seas 2.0: Improving Domestic Infrastructure to Prevent Marine Debris Act

Ordered Reported on Sep 25, 2019. 70% incorporated. (compare text)


Jun 26, 2019

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

Nov 13, 2019
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Jan 9, 2020
Passed Senate (House next)

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

Sep 30, 2020
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Suspension).

Oct 1, 2020
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate)

The House passed the bill with changes not in the Senate version and sent it back to the Senate to approve the changes. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 1, 2020
Senate Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 18, 2020
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 1982 (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 S. 1982. 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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