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H.R. 5: Equality Act

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To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

David Cicilline

Sponsor. Representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 2, 2021
Length: 32 pages
Feb 18, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Passed House (Senate next) on Feb 25, 2021

This bill passed in the House on February 25, 2021 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

23% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: H.R. 5 – Equality Act (Feb 23, 2021)

What legislators are saying

News from the 10th: Federal Vaccination Site to Open in Chicago
    — Rep. Bradley “Brad” Schneider [D-IL10] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 2, 2021

congresswoman Johnson statement on the passage of h.r. 5, the equality act
    — Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 16, 2021

Thune: Republicans Will Continue to Defend Minority Partys Rights to Forge Bipartisanship, Compromise
    — Sen. John Thune [R-SD] on Mar 23, 2021

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Feb 18, 2021

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Feb 19, 2021
Text Published

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Feb 25, 2021
Considered by Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets

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Feb 25, 2021
Passed House (Senate next)

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Mar 10, 2021
Considered by House Committee on Financial Services

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Mar 11, 2021
Considered by Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Mar 24, 2021
Considered by Housing, Community Development, and Insurance

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

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H.R. 5 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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