Thursday, May 12, 2011

U.S. Legislative Update

The ABA Office of Governmental Affairs advises us of the following international law developments:

Bills Introduced  
S 954 (Lugar, R-IN), to promote the strengthening of the Haitian private sector; to Foreign Relations. CR 5/11/11, S2874.
S Res 180 (Lieberman, I-CT), to express support for peaceful demonstrations and universal freedoms in Syria and condemning the human rights violations by the Assad regime; to Foreign Relations. CR 5/11/11, S2875.
HR 1856 (Wolf, R-VA), to amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to strengthen the promotion of religious freedom in United States foreign policy and to reauthorize the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, and for other purposes; to Foreign Affairs. CR 5/11/11, H3218.
H Res 266 (Kelly, R-PA), to express the sense of the House of Representatives that the President should, without any further delay, submit the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement to Congress for its consideration and immediate approval under fast track procedures pursuant to the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority of 2002; to Ways and Means. CR 5/11/11, H3219.  
Hearings  
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Next Steps in Cote d’Ivore.” 5/19/11, 2:30 pm, 419 Dirksen.  
Committee Action  
The State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will mark up draft legislation that would make fiscal 2012 appropriations for State-Foreign Operations. 7/27/11, Time TBA, HT-2 Capitol.
The House Appropriations Committee will mark up draft legislation that would make fiscal 2012 appropriations for State-Foreign Operations. 8/3/11, Time TBA, 2359 Rayburn.

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