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S. 2661: National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2019

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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: Oct 22, 2019
Length: 7 pages
Oct 22, 2019

Ordered Reported on Dec 11, 2019

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on December 11, 2019.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

What They Are Saying: Gardner’s 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline Moves Forward
    — Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO] (Sponsor) on Dec 13, 2019

Veterans Groups Voice Strong Support for Baldwin’s Bipartisan Reform to Create Three-Digit Suicide Prevention Hotline
    — Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 7, 2019

Moulton Statement on FCCs Unanimous Vote for 988 Mental Health Hotline and Senate Markup of 988 Bill
    — Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6] on Dec 12, 2019

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Oct 22, 2019

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Dec 11, 2019
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S. 2661 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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