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S. 921: Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act

A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to further protect officers and employees of the United States, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

John Cornyn

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Texas. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 29, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Mar 23, 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. 117-59

15 Cosponsors (8 Democrats, 7 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

the daily leader: wednesday, october 27, 2021
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Oct 26, 2021

Cuellar, Cornyn Pass Bill to Protect U.S. Law Enforcement & Federal Employees Serving Abroad
    — Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28] on Oct 27, 2021

Rep. Ted Budd Applauds Passage of Jaime Zapata & Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act
    — Rep. Ted Budd [R-NC13] on Oct 27, 2021

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to S. 921 will be negligible.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 2137: Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Law Enforcement Protection Act

Introduced on Mar 23, 2021. 95% incorporated. (compare text)


Mar 23, 2021

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May 13, 2021
Ordered Reported

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May 28, 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

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 voice vote 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. 921 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. 921. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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