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S. 2661: National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020

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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: May 13, 2020
Length: 12 pages
Oct 22, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Passed Senate (House next) on May 13, 2020

This bill passed in the Senate on May 13, 2020 and goes to the House next for consideration.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senate Unanimously Passes Gardner’s 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline Bill
    — Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO] (Sponsor) on May 13, 2020

Senator Baldwin, Colleagues Call for Establishing 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline in Next COVID-19 Relief Package
    — Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 27, 2020

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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May 13, 2020
Passed Senate (House next)

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S. 2661 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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