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S. 4597: PUPS Act

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The Baha Men once asked, “Who let the dogs out?” A new bill in Congress asks, “Shouldn’t we let the dogs in?”


Audra Elam, a 27-year-old from Illinois, was volunteering with the Peace Corps to teach English to children in the African nation of Togo. Her terrier mix Socrates lived with her over there, but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, she had to leave the dog behind at first when abruptly leaving the country, intending to ship him back to the U.S. soon after.

Elam arranged for Socrates to receive the mandated rabies vaccination in Africa before a company shipped him back to the U.S. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) refused to allow the dog into the country, citing inaccuracies with the ...

Sponsor and status

John Kennedy

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Louisiana. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Length: 3 pages
Sep 16, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Sep 16, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on September 16, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

1% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Sep 16, 2020

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S. 4597 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. 4597. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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