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S. 4597 (116th): 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)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 16, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)



Sep 16, 2020

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S. 4597 (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. 4597. 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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