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S. 2981 (116th): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Amendments Act of 2020

A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

Dan Sullivan

Sponsor. Senator for Alaska. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2020
Length: 29 pages
Dec 4, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 23, 2020

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 23, 2020.

Pub.L. 116-259

2 Cosponsors (2 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

the daily leader: friday, december 4, 2020
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Dec 4, 2020

Sen. Morans Bill to Help Alleviate NOAA Pilot Shortage Heads to Presidents Desk
    — Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS] on Dec 4, 2020

the daily leader: thursday, december 3, 2020
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Dec 2, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates S. 2981 will add $31 million in new spending through 2030.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 3930: Maritime Administration Authorization and Improvement Act

Introduced on Jun 10, 2020. 41% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2406: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Amendments Act of 2019

Ordered Reported on Sep 18, 2019. 82% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2910: A bill to establish aviation accession training programs for the Commissioned Officer Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to prepare students for commissioned service as pilots in the …

Introduced on Nov 20, 2019. 95% incorporated. (compare text)


Dec 4, 2019

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Dec 11, 2019
Ordered Reported

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Sep 30, 2020
Reported by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Nov 16, 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 Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Nov 27, 2020
Text Published

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

Dec 4, 2020
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Dec 23, 2020
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 2981 (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. 2981. 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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