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S. 906 (116th): Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act

About the bill

President Donald Trump vetoed two bills during the final month of his presidency. One attracted front page headlines. The other did not.


Large mesh driftnets (or gillnets) are huge tarps sometimes as long as 1.5 miles, left overnight under the ocean surface by commercial fisheries to catch permitted fish. Because they also catch a host of endangered species that get caught in them — such as dolphins and whales — their use has been outlawed in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and in both the Pacific Ocean’s state and federal waters off of Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington state. The extraneous marine life the nets capture are considered “bycatch” and killed.

In 2018, California banned the nets specifically in state waters, with a phaseout scheduled …

Sponsor and status

Dianne Feinstein

Sponsor. Senior Senator for California. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2020
Length: 3 pages
Mar 27, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Vetoed (No Override Attempt) on Jan 1, 2021

This bill was vetoed by the President on January 1, 2021 and Congress did not attempt an override before the end of the Congressional session.

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4 Cosponsors (3 Democrats, 1 Republican)



Mar 27, 2019

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Apr 3, 2019
Ordered Reported

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Dec 5, 2019
Reported by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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Jul 22, 2020
Passed Senate (House next)

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Dec 4, 2020
Text Published

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Dec 10, 2020
Passed House

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Jan 1, 2021

The President vetoed the bill. Congress may attempt to override the veto.

S. 906 (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. 906. 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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