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H.R. 1276: SAVE LIVES Act

To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish COVID-19 vaccines to certain individuals, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

Mark Takano

Sponsor. Representative for California's 41st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 20, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Feb 24, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 24, 2021

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on March 24, 2021.

Pub.L. 117-4

54 Cosponsors (30 Democrats, 24 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Congress Passes the VA VACCINE Act
    — Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA20] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 10, 2021

Higgins Announces Legislation Expanding Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine for All Veterans is Signed into Law
    — Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 24, 2021

During the 117th Congress, House Democrats Have Taken Decisive Action on Behalf of the American People
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Jul 26, 2021

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Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 682: SAVE LIVES Act

Introduced on Mar 10, 2021. 91% incorporated. (compare text)


Feb 24, 2021

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

Mar 5, 2021
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Suspension).

Mar 9, 2021
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was without objection so no record of individual votes was made.

Mar 17, 2021
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Mar 19, 2021
House Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was without objection so no record of individual votes was made.

Mar 24, 2021
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 1276 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 H.R. 1276. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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