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H.R. 368: Protecting Vice Presidents Act

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The bill comes in response to some Capitol Building rioters chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” as they stormed the building.


Over time, the vice president and their family members have gradually increased their Secret Service protection.

Starting in 1951, a vice president could first receive the protection if they requested it. In 1962, the protection became required rather than opt-in. In 1971, the protection began for both Democratic and Republican vice presidential nominees, several months before they were potentially sworn in. In 1974, protection began for the vice president’s immediate family (spouse and children). In 1976, immediate family protection was added for major-party vice presidential nominees as well.

All those changes were instituted to mirror the protection that a president or major-party presidential nominee received. Today, there remains …

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Norma Torres

Sponsor. Representative for California's 35th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 19, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Jan 19, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 19, 2021

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Jan 19, 2021

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H.R. 368 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. 368. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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