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S. 2661: National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020

A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to designate 9-8-8 as the universal telephone number for the purpose of the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system operating through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and through the Veterans Crisis Line, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Cory Gardner

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Colorado. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 23, 2020
Length: 5 pages
Oct 22, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Passed House & Senate (President next) on Sep 21, 2020

This bill was passed by Congress on September 21, 2020 and goes to the President next.

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Gardner, Baldwin, Moran, Reed, Stewart, Moulton Applaud House Passage of 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline Bill
    — Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO] (Sponsor) on Sep 21, 2020

House of Representatives Passes Senator Baldwin’s Bipartisan Reform to Create Three-Digit Suicide Prevention Hotline
    — Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 22, 2020

House Passes Congresswoman Johnsons National Suicide Hotline Designation Act
    — Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30] on Sep 21, 2020

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Oct 22, 2019

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Dec 11, 2019
Ordered Reported

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May 13, 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 18, 2020
On House Schedule

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Sep 18, 2020
Text Published

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

Sep 21, 2020
Passed House

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S. 2661 is 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 S. 2661. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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