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S. 476 (117th): Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act of 2021

About the bill

For these purposes, is the pandemic analogous to the 2001 terrorist attacks?


Less than two weeks after the terrorist attacks, Congress enacted the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, dispensing billions of dollars to those seriously injured or families who lost members in the attacks.

The bill received temporary funding for years, until the funding was made “permanent” in 2019 — that is, funded through fiscal year 2092. The vote was 402–12 in the House and 97–2 in the Senate, and it was signed into law by President Trump.

Now, the lead House sponsor of that legislation is seeking to create a similar fund for essential workers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What the legislation does

The Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act would allocate money to essential workers …

Sponsor and status

Tammy Duckworth

Sponsor. Senator for Illinois. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2021
Length: 12 pages
Feb 25, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 25, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


5 Cosponsors (5 Democrats)



Feb 25, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 476 (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. 476. 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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