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S. 4380: 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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Last Updated: Jul 30, 2020
Length: 5 pages
Jul 30, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jul 30, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on July 30, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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


Jul 30, 2020

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S. 4380 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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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.

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