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H.R. 758: Vaccinate Americans, Not Terrorists Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 3, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Who should be prioritized in the line for immunizations?

Context

There’s not currently enough vaccine in existence to vaccinate everyone right away, and government officials have been having to make hard choices about who goes first and who goes last.

Established in 2002 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Guantánamo Bay military prison has housed about 780 suspected terrorists during its history. The site has proven controversial because many detainees were held indefinitely without actually being charged or being put on trial, though its defenders — including former President Donald Trump — say it’s critical to national security.

While the prisoner population has shrunk dramatically since its 2003 …


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 758

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 3, 2021

(for herself, Ms. Stefanik, Mr. Smith of Missouri, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Cline, Mr. Jackson, Mr. DesJarlais, Mr. Posey, Mr. Weber of Texas, Mr. Bishop of North Carolina, Mrs. Boebert, Mr. Davidson, Mr. Carter of Georgia, Mr. Keller, Mr. Cawthorn, Mr. Baird, and Mrs. Bice of Oklahoma) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To limit the availability of COVID–19 vaccines for certain individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Vaccinate Americans, Not Terrorists Act.

2.

Limitation on COVID–19 vaccine for certain individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

(a)

Limitation for individuals detained

No Federal Government entity may provide a COVID–19 vaccine to an individual detained in the custody or under the control of the Department of Defense pursuant to the law of war or a proceeding under chapter 47A of title 10, United States Code, at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, if—

(1)

there is any outstanding request from a State to the Federal Government for the COVID–19 vaccine;

(2)

there is any outstanding request from a State to the Federal Government for pandemic relief relating to COVID–19; or

(3)

any member of the Armed Forces (including the reserve components) performing active service who intends to receive the COVID–19 vaccine has not yet received such vaccine.

(b)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

The term COVID–19 vaccine means any vaccine approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for the corornavirus disease 2019 (COVID–19).

(2)

The term State includes each of the several States, the District of Columbia, each commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States, and each federally recognized Indian Tribe.