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H.R. 4980: To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure that any individual traveling on a flight that departs from or arrives to an airport inside the United States or a territory of the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and for other purposes.

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Leaving on a jet plane… don’t know if I’ll be vaxxed again…


In August, New York City became the first U.S. city to mandate proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor activities including eating at restaurants, exercising at gyms, and attending performances including Broadway and Brooklyn Nets games. For two-dose vaccines like Moderna and Pfizer, people must have proof that they’ve received at least one dose.

Subsequently, other major cities including San Francisco and New Orleans followed suit.

Congress can’t implement a nationwide vaccine mandate for such venues, since that’s a power left up to state and local governments. But Congress can regulate interstate commerce, and one of the most prominent examples of interstate commerce is air travel. In August, Canada began requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for …

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Ritchie Torres

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 15th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Aug 6, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Aug 6, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Aug 6, 2021

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3 Cosponsors (3 Democrats)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Aug 6, 2021

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