Senate Bill 544
117th Congress(2021-2022)
A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to designate one week each year as "Buddy Check Week" for the purpose of outreach and education concerning peer wellness checks for veterans, and for other purposes.
Active
Active
Passed Senate on Oct 7, 2021
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
Mar 2, 2021
Latest Action
Oct 8, 2021
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
544
Congress
117
Policy Area
Armed Forces and National Security
Armed Forces and National Security
Primary focus of measure is military operations and spending, facilities, procurement and weapons, personnel, intelligence; strategic materials; war and emergency powers; veterans’ issues. Measures concerning alliances and collective security, arms sales and military assistance, or arms control may fall under International Affairs policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Iowa
New Hampshire
Arizona
Arkansas
Delaware
North Carolina
North Dakota
South Dakota
Washington
Washington
Passed
October 7, 2021
Type
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
A senator may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside a specified rule of procedure so as to expedite proceedings. If no Senator objects, the Senate permits the action, but if any one senator objects, the request is rejected. Unanimous consent requests with only immediate effects are routinely granted, but ones affecting the floor schedule, the conditions of considering a bill or other business, or the rights of other senators, are normally not offered, or a floor leader will object to it, until all senators concerned have had an opportunity to inform the leaders that they find it acceptable.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
Summary

This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to designate one week each year as Buddy Check Week for the purposes of organizing outreach events and educating veterans on how to conduct peer wellness checks. The VA shall ensure that the Veterans Crisis Line has a plan for handling the potential increase in calls that may occur during such week.

Text (2)
October 7, 2021
Actions (10)
10/08/2021
Held at the desk.
10/08/2021
Received in the House.
10/08/2021
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
10/07/2021
Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text: CR S6993)
10/07/2021
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
10/07/2021
Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S6993)
10/07/2021
Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
06/23/2021
Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
03/02/2021
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
03/02/2021
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Record Created
Mar 3, 2021 5:57:14 AM
Record Updated
Oct 19, 2021 2:53:05 PM