skip to main content

S. 3935: A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to prohibit the burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, of any President or Vice President who is not a member or veteran of the Armed Forces.

Call or Write Congress

About the bill

Should non-veterans be permitted for burial in Arlington, even if they were Commander-in-Chief?


Arlington National Cemetery, operating since 1864, is currently scheduled to run out of room for new burials in 2041. So in September, the Army proposed new rules for eligibility, tightening some of the criteria for who gets to be buried in Arlington.

The proposed rules would allow all presidents and vice presidents to be buried in Arlington, regardless of whether they ever personally served in the military.

Two presidents are currently buried there: John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft, with most presidents choosing burial in their home state instead. Kennedy served in the Navy during World War II, while Taft never served in the military. No vice presidents are buried in Arlington.

What the bill ...

Sponsor and status

Tammy Duckworth

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Illinois. Democrat.

Read Text »
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Jun 10, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jun 10, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 10, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

18% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jun 10, 2020

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

If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
Passed Committee

Passed Senate

Passed House

Signed by the President

S. 3935 is 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. 3935. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

How to cite this information.

We recommend the following MLA-formatted citation when using the information you see here in academic work:

“S. 3935 — 116th Congress: A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to prohibit the burial in Arlington ...” 2020. October 21, 2020 <>

Where is this information from?

GovTrack automatically collects legislative information from a variety of governmental and non-governmental sources. This page is sourced primarily from, the official portal of the United States Congress. is generally updated one day after events occur, and so legislative activity shown here may be one day behind. Data via the congress project.