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H.R. 4968 (117th): Stop COVID Bonuses for Elected Officials Act

About the bill

This would stop politicians from declaring, “I’ve evaluated my performance review and decided I’ve done a terrific job.”


Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act in March, a $1.8 trillion piece of legislation aimed at COVID-19 relief which passed on party-line votes in the Senate and House. One provision said that a state, local, or tribal government could use the money to give certain individuals a bonus potentially up to $25,000.

County Board Chair Jeremy Root resigned shortly thereafter, resulting in the appointment of a new chair who had only served on the Board for seven months at that point. Plus the Board also agreed to give additional bonuses to another 185 county employees to stem the bad press. Nonetheless, the county’s representative in Congress has introduced …

Sponsor and status

John Moolenaar

Sponsor. Representative for Michigan's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Aug 6, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Aug 6, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on August 6, 2021, 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).



Aug 6, 2021

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H.R. 4968 (117th) 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 H.R. 4968. 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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