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S. 4380 (116th): Air America Act of 2020

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Are the hundreds of surviving workers technically federal employees, or contractors?


Air America was an airline secretly owned and operated by the CIA from 1950 to 1976. Operating from the beginning of the Korean War to the end of the Vietnam War, the airline often engaged in operations from dropping food to emergency medevac missions. The airline may be most famous in the public imagination for the iconic 1975 photo where an Air America helicopter evacuated USAID employees as Saigon fell.

(There is also some evidence that Air America might have flown drugs, including opium.)

Even many of Air America’s employees weren’t aware at the time that the government owned the airline, which didn’t become public knowledge until a 2009 declassification. Accordingly, the employees weren’t ...

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Marco Rubio

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Florida. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 30, 2020
Length: 5 pages
Jul 30, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 30, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


31 Cosponsors (22 Democrats, 9 Republicans)



Jul 30, 2020

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

S. 4380 (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. 4380. 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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