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S. 1301 (117th): S. 1301: [Increase of Public Debt Limit]

About the bill

On September 29, 2021, this bill became a House proposal to temporarily suspend the public debt limit through December 16, 2022. The Senate amended the bill on October 7, 2021 to be an increase in the public debt limit in an amount, $480 billion, that was projected by the Treasury Department to be the amount of debt needed through early December 2021 to not reach the public debt limit.

The Treasury Department had forecast that the federal government would hit the debt limit, i.e. run out of money to pay back existing debts, government salaries, and other pre-existing obligations, on October 18, 2021, creating the potential for a severe economic crisis. Failure to pay back existing debts risked a global loss of confidence in the U.S. economy and hampering the …

Sponsor and status

117th Congress (2021–2023)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 14, 2021

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 14, 2021.

Pub.L. 117-50

Sherrod Brown was the sponsor of this bill when it was introduced on Apr 22, 2021, but the bill’s text was subsequently replaced with unrelated provisions.


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Last Updated: Oct 13, 2021
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2 Cosponsors (2 Republicans)



Apr 22, 2021

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May 25, 2021
Ordered Reported

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Jul 30, 2021
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 28, 2021
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Rule).

Sep 29, 2021
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Sep 29, 2021
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the House with an Amendment.

Oct 7, 2021
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes.

This was a vote on the Senate proposal to increase the public debt limit in an amount, $480 billion, that was projected by the Treasury Department to be the amount …

Oct 14, 2021
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 1301 (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 S. 1301. 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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