Friday, July 25, 2014

New U.S. Legislation, Hearings, and Committee Action

It's a busy time in Washington D.C. for international law developments:

Bills Introduced

HR 5190 (Gerlach, R-PA), to authorize assistance for Ukraine; to Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, and Intelligence (Permanent Select). CR 7/24/14, H6813.

H Con Res 110 (Fortenberry, R-NE), calling for urgent international intervention on behalf of Iraqi civilians facing a dire humanitarian crisis and severe persecution in the Nineveh Plain region of Iraq; to Foreign Affairs. CR 7/24/14, H6814. 

H Res 683 (Vargas, D-CA), expressing the sense of the House on the current situation in Iraq and the urgent need to protect religious minorities from persecution from the Sunni Islamist insurgent and terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant as it expands its control over areas in northwestern Iraq; to Foreign Affairs. CR 7/24/14, H6814.

S 2667 (Kirk, R-IL), to prohibit the exercise of any waiver of the imposition of certain sanctions with respect to Iran unless the president certifies to Congress that the waiver will not result in the provision of funds to the government of Iran for activities in support of international terrorism, to develop nuclear weapons, or to violate the human rights of the people of Iran; to Foreign Relations. CR 7/24/14, S4903.

S Res 517 (Graham, R-SC), expressing support for Israel’s right to defend itself and calling on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel; to Foreign Relations. CR 7/24/14, S4903.

S Res 522 (Coons, D-DE), expressing the sense of the Senate supporting the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to be held in Washington, DC; to Foreign Relations. CR 7/24/14, S4904.

S Res 523 (Warner, D-VA), expressing the sense of the Senate on the importance of the United States-India strategic partnership and the continued deepening of bilateral ties with India; to Foreign Relations. CR 7/24/14, S4904.

S Con Res 41 (Cruz, R-TX), denouncing the use of civilians as human shields by Hamas and other terrorist organizations in violation of international humanitarian law; to Foreign Relations. CR 7/24/14, S4904. 

Hearings

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on nuclear negotiations with Iran. 7/29/14, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on nuclear negotiations with Iran. 7/29/14, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.

The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on assessing security in Afghanistan. 7/30/14, 10 am, 2118 Rayburn.

Committee Action 

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will mark up the following bills:

  • H Res 281, expressing concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience, in the People's Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for their religious beliefs, and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups; and
  • HR 3398, to authorize the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to provide assistance to support the rights of women and girls in developing countries.

7/30/14, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.

Hat tip to the ABA Governmental Affairs Office

(mew)

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