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S. 163: Telecommunications Skilled Workforce Act

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About the bill

The bill might deal with 5G, but the sponsors deep-sixed the larger package.


In November, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was enacted into law, containing large investments in expanding broadband internet access, transportation systems, and energy and water systems. It costs about $1.2 trillion, with $550 million of that total actually being new spending above what Congress had previously appropriated.

The 1,039-page law incorporated provisions from dozens of other previously-introduced bills. GovTrack Insider is spotlighting two of them which each have an unusual distinction: both the lead House and Senate sponsors are Republicans, yet they both ultimately voted against the infrastructure package as a whole, despite their bill being included as part of it.

(Another such bill, the Promoting Women in Trucking Workforce Act, will be the subject …

Sponsor and status

John Thune

Sponsor. Senior Senator for South Dakota. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2021
Length: 20 pages
Feb 2, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted, so there will not likely be further activity on this bill.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 3684: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Nov 15, 2021. (compare text)

5 Cosponsors (3 Democrats, 2 Republicans)

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

Position statements

What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to S. 163 will be negligible.


Feb 2, 2021

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Apr 28, 2021
Ordered Reported

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Feb 15, 2022
Reported by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

S. 163 is 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. 163. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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