About the bill
The ceremony includes a military band, horse-drawn carriage, and up to 70 uniformed personnel.
Any current or retired military member, except those who were dishonorably discharged, are eligible for a military funeral. The highest level of funeral is called “full military honors,” a ceremony which includes a military band, horse-drawn carriage, and up to 70 personnel. (The minimum personnel for a regular military funeral is two people.)
Under current law, a full military honors funeral is only eligible for members killed in combat and senior officers.
What the legislation does
The Full Military Honors Act would also allow Medal of Honor recipients and prisoners of war to obtain a full military honors funeral. There are currently 103 living Medal of Honor recipients.
The House version …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Senator for Arkansas. Republican.
Last Updated: Mar 5, 2019
Length: 2 pages
116th Congress (2019–2021)
This bill was introduced on March 5, 2019, 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).
3 Cosponsors (2 Democrats, 1 Republican)
Dec 19, 2018
Earlier Version — Passed Senate (House next)
This activity took place on a related bill, S. 3523 (115th).
Mar 5, 2019
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S. 646 (116th) was 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. 646. 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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