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S. 1511 (117th): Protecting America’s First Responders Act of 2021

A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 with respect to payments to certain public safety officers who have become permanently and totally disabled as a result of personal injuries sustained in the line of duty, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

Charles “Chuck” Grassley

Sponsor. Senator for Iowa. Republican.

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Last Updated: Nov 6, 2021
Length: 8 pages
Apr 29, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Nov 18, 2021

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on November 18, 2021.

Pub.L. 117-61

18 Cosponsors (13 Democrats, 5 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Grassley, Pascrell First Responder Bill Signed into Law at White House
    — Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA] (Sponsor) on Nov 18, 2021

Washington Review, October 29, 2021
    — Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8, 2013-2022] on Oct 29, 2021

Higgins Announces Approval of the Protecting Americas First Responders Act
    — Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26] on Oct 28, 2021

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates S. 1511 will add $59 million in new spending through 2031.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 2936: Protecting America’s First Responders Act of 2021

Introduced on Apr 30, 2021. 99% incorporated. (compare text)


Apr 29, 2021

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May 13, 2021
Ordered Reported

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Jun 10, 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 Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Oct 21, 2021
Text Published

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

Oct 27, 2021
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate)

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

Nov 4, 2021
Senate Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Nov 18, 2021
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 1511 (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. 1511. 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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