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S. 2581 (96th): Hostage Relief Act of 1980

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A bill to amend title 5 of the United States Code and the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to provide certain benefits to individuals held hostage in Iran and to similarly situated individuals.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Apr 17, 1980
96th Congress (1979–1980)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.


Frank Church

Senator for Idaho



12 Cosponsors (8 Democrats, 4 Republicans)

See Instead

H.R. 7085 (same title)
Enacted — Signed by the President — Oct 14, 1980



Apr 17, 1980

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S. 2581 (96th) 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. 2581. This is the one from the 96th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 96th Congress, which met from Jan 15, 1979 to Dec 16, 1980. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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