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H.R. 4445 (117th): Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021

To amend title 9 of the United States Code with respect to arbitration of disputes involving sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Sponsor and status

Cheri Bustos

Sponsor. Representative for Illinois's 17th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 12, 2022
Length: 3 pages
Jul 16, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 3, 2022

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on March 3, 2022.

Pub.L. 117-90

25 Cosponsors (17 Democrats, 8 Republicans)


Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: H.R. 4445 – Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (Feb 1, 2022)

What legislators are saying

#MeToo Milestone: Biden Signs Bustos Bill to End Forced Arbitration for Sexual Assault and Harassment Into Law
    — Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17, 2013-2022] (Sponsor) on Mar 3, 2022

Cicilline: We Must Ensure That Sexual Harassment and Assault Survivors Can Share Their Stories
    — Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 14, 2022

Heres how the lawmakers who represent Centre County in Congress voted Feb. 4-10
    — Rep. Fred Keller [R-PA12, 2019-2022] on Feb 15, 2022

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Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 2342: Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021

Ordered Reported on Nov 4, 2021. 89% incorporated. (compare text)


Jul 16, 2021

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Nov 17, 2021
Ordered Reported

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Jan 24, 2022
Text Published

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Jan 28, 2022
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Feb 7, 2022
Passed House (Senate next)

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Feb 10, 2022
Passed Senate

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Mar 3, 2022
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 4445 (117th) 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 H.R. 4445. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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