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S. 72 (116th): Federal Employees Civil Relief Act

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A bill to suspend the enforcement of certain civil liabilities of Federal employees and contractors during a lapse in appropriations, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Brian Schatz

Sponsor. Senator for Hawaii. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 9, 2019
Length: 17 pages
Jan 9, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 9, 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).


31 Cosponsors (30 Democrats, 1 Independent)


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What legislators are saying

In over 20 years of Tahoe Summits, much has been done to protect the lake - Tahoe Daily Tribune
    — Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 21, 2020

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Requesting More Federal Resources from Trump Administration for Wisconsin Small Businesses during Coronavirus Crisis
    — Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 18, 2020

Rubio Applauds Overwhelming Supreme Court Decision Defending Religious Liberty
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] on Jun 20, 2019

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Jan 9, 2019

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

S. 72 (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. 72. 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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