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USAID Branding Modernization Act

HR 2744International Affairs • Introduced by Michael McCaul on 2019-5-15

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-7-16

United States-Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act

HR 2615International Affairs • Introduced by Eliot Engel on 2019-5-9

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-7-16

Saudi Arabia Human Rights and Accountability Act of 2019

HR 2037International Affairs • Introduced by Tom Malinowski on 2019-4-2

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-7-16

Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019

HR 526International Affairs • Introduced by Ted Yoho on 2019-1-11

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-7-16

SAFE Act

S 1945International Affairs • Introduced by Robert Menéndez on 2019-6-24

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-7-15

Combating Global Corruption Act of 2019

S 1309International Affairs • Introduced by Benjamin Cardin on 2019-5-2

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-7-11

Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019

S 1102International Affairs • Introduced by Robert Menéndez on 2019-4-10

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-7-10

United States-Mexico Tourism Improvement Act of 2019

HR 951International Affairs • Introduced by Henry Cuellar on 2019-2-4

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-6-11

Ebola Eradication Act of 2019

S 1340International Affairs • Introduced by Robert Menéndez on 2019-5-7

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-6-3

VERDAD Act of 2019

S 1025International Affairs • Introduced by Robert Menéndez on 2019-4-3

Has summary

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-6-3

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Venezuela Emergency Relief, Democracy Assistance, and Development Act of 2019 or the VERDAD Act of 2019

This bill directs the President to take various actions to address the political situation in Venezuela. (The United States does not recognize Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela's President due to reports of widespread fraud during his election, recognizing instead National Assembly President Juan Guaido.)

The Department of State shall submit to Congress strategies for providing humanitarian aid to Venezuela and to Venezuelans in neighboring countries. The President shall direct U.S. representatives to the United Nations to prioritize U.N. efforts to provide humanitarian aid to Venezuela.

The bill imposes sanctions on foreign persons responsible for or complicit in corruption or activity undermining Venezuela's democratic institutions. Sanctions include barring entry into the United States and various financial restrictions.

The bill also imposes various sanctions targeting the Maduro regime's ability to finance debt, trade gold, and use cryptocurrencies to evade U.S. sanctions.

The bill establishes a special envoy and task force for Venezuela to coordinate and oversee U.S. efforts regarding Venezuela.

The bill directs the State Department to

  • work with nongovernmental organizations to strengthen democratic governance and defend human rights in Venezuela,
  • investigate corruption and recover assets stolen from Venezuela,
  • help other countries establish legislative frameworks to impose sanctions on Maduro regime officials.

The President shall engage with multilateral development banks to assist in rebuilding Venezuela's economy and energy infrastructure.

The bill directs the President to prevent Russia's government-controlled oil company Rosneft from acquiring control of critical U.S. energy infrastructure, including assets belonging to Venezuela's state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A.

Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019

S 178International Affairs • Introduced by Marco Rubio on 2019-1-17

Has summary

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-6-3

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Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019

This bill directs various U.S. government bodies to prepare reports on China's treatment of the Uyghurs, a predominantly Muslim Turkic ethnic group.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence shall report to Congress on issues including the security threats caused by the Chinese government's reported crackdown on the Uyghur population in Xinjiang province, the frequency with which other governments are forcibly returning Turkic Muslim refugees and asylum seekers to China, and the development or transfer of technology that facilitates mass internment and surveillance.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation shall report on topics such as its efforts to protect ethnic Uyghurs and Chinese nationals in the United States from Chinese government intimidation.

The U.S. Agency for Global Media shall report on media-related matters, including the reach of U.S. media into Xinjiang, assessments of Chinese propaganda strategies, and U.S. actions to counter such efforts to downplay the crackdown.

The Department of State shall report (1) on the scope of the reported crackdown in Xinjiang, including the number of detained individuals, the use of forced labor in the region, an assessment of government surveillance in the province, and U.S. diplomatic efforts to address the crackdown; and (2) on whether certain individuals, including the Chinese Communist Party secretary for Xinjiang, meet the criteria for sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019

HR 31International Affairs • Introduced by Eliot Engel on 2019-1-3

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Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-6-3

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Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019

This bill establishes additional sanctions and financial restrictions on institutions and individuals related to the conflict in Syria.

The Department of the Treasury shall determine whether the Central Bank of Syria is a financial institution of primary money laundering concern and, if so, impose one or more special measures, such as requiring domestic financial institutions to maintain additional records on transactions involving the bank.

The President shall impose sanctions on foreign persons that provide significant support to or engage in a significant transaction with the Syrian government or the military forces or contractors acting on behalf of Syria, Russia, or Iran. The bill also imposes sanctions on those that knowingly sell or provide

  • significant goods, services, technology, or information that facilitates or expands the Syrian government's domestic petroleum production;
  • aircraft, parts, or related services used by military forces related to the Syrian government; or
  • construction or engineering services to the Syrian government.

The sanctions include blocking of financial and property transactions and barring of entry into the United States. Such sanctions shall not apply to various nongovernmental organizations and activities related to providing humanitarian aid or supporting democratic institutions in Syria.

The President may suspend some or all of the sanctions under certain conditions, including if it is in the United States' national security interests.

Global Fragility Act

HR 2116International Affairs • Introduced by Eliot Engel on 2019-4-8

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Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-5-21

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Global Fragility Act

This bill directs the Department of State to establish the interagency Global Fragility Initiative to stabilize conflict-affected areas and prevent violence globally, and establishes funds to support such efforts.

The State Department shall devise a plan for the initiative, including its organizational structure and goals. The State Department shall lead in foreign policy, diplomatic, and political efforts. The U.S. Agency for International Development shall lead in development, humanitarian, and non-security policies. Other departments and agencies, including the Department of Defense, shall provide support as necessary.

The State Department shall select priority countries and regions that are particularly at risk, and report to Congress 10-year plans for each. Each plan shall include information including descriptions of goals, plans for reaching such goals, and benchmarks for measuring progress.

The State Department shall report to Congress every two years about the initiative's progress. The Government Accountability Office shall consult Congress every two years about opportunities to assess the initiative and recommend improvements.

The bill creates the Stabilization and Prevention Fund to support efforts to stabilize conflict-affected areas, including areas at risk from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or other terrorist organizations.

The bill establishes the Complex Crises Fund to support programs to address emerging, unforeseen, or complex challenges abroad.

Global Electoral Exchange Act of 2019

HR 753International Affairs • Introduced by Joaquin Castro on 2019-1-24

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-5-21

Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020

HR 2839International Affairs • Introduced by Nita Lowey on 2019-5-20

Has summary

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-5-20

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Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020

This bill provides FY2020 appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs.

The bill provides appropriations to the State Department for

  • Administration of Foreign Affairs,
  • International Organizations, and
  • International Commissions.

The bill provides appropriations for Related Agencies and Related Programs, including

  • the U.S. Agency for Global Media,
  • the Asia Foundation,
  • the U.S. Institute of Peace,
  • the Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue Trust Fund,
  • the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Program,
  • the Israeli Arab Scholarship Program,
  • the East-West Center, and
  • the National Endowment for Democracy.

The bill provides appropriations for Other Commissions, including

  • the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad,
  • the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom,
  • the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe,
  • the Congressional-Executive Commission on the People's Republic of China,
  • the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and
  • the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission.

The bill provides appropriations to

  • the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),
  • the State Department and the President for International Security Assistance,
  • the President and International Financial Institutions for Multilateral Assistance, and
  • specified accounts for Overseas Contingency Operations/ Global War on Terrorism.

The bill provides appropriations for Bilateral Economic Assistance to

  • the President;
  • the State Department;
  • Independent Agencies, including the Peace Corps, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Inter-American Foundation, and the U.S. African Development Foundation; and
  • the Department of the Treasury.

The bill provides appropriations for Export and Investment Assistance to

  • the Export-Import Bank of the United States,
  • the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, and
  • the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

The bill sets forth requirements and restrictions for using funds provided by this and other appropriations Acts.

Championing American Business Through Diplomacy Act of 2019

HR 1704International Affairs • Introduced by Michael McCaul on 2019-3-13

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-5-8

Russian-Venezuelan Threat Mitigation Act

HR 1477International Affairs • Introduced by Debbie Wasserman Schultz on 2019-2-28

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-4-8

Venezuela Arms Restriction Act

HR 920International Affairs • Introduced by Donna Shalala on 2019-1-30

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-3-26

Humanitarian Assistance to the Venezuelan People Act of 2019

HR 854International Affairs • Introduced by Debbie Mucarsel-Powell on 2019-1-29

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-3-26

Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019

S 1International Affairs • Introduced by Marco Rubio on 2019-1-3

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-2-6

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Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019

This bill authorizes assistance and weapons transfers to Israel, extends defense cooperation with Jordan, establishes additional sanctions related to the conflict in Syria, and allows states to divest from entities boycotting Israel.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2019

The bill reauthorizes through FY2028 Foreign Military Financing to Israel. It extends loan guarantees to Israel through FY2023 and authorizes the President to transfer precision-guided munitions to the country.

The bill directs the President to report on steps taken to help Israel secure a strategic trade authorization exception.

The bill directs the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to continue working with the Israel Space Agency to pursue peaceful space exploration, and authorizes the Department of State to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Israel to coordinate assistance efforts for developing nations.

The President is authorized to enter into a cooperative project agreement with Israel to develop technology to counter unmanned aerial vehicles.

United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act

The bill extends through 2022 arrangements that allow certain defense articles to be transferred to Jordan on an expedited basis. The bill also directs the President to submit a report to Congress assessing the costs and benefits of establishing a fund to support private investment in Jordan.

Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019

The bill directs the Department of the Treasury to determine whether the Central Bank of Syria is a primary money-laundering concern and, if so, impose special measures on transactions involving the bank. The bill also imposes sanctions on foreign individuals providing support for the Syrian government, or the military forces or contractors acting on behalf of Syria, Russia, or Iran.

The sanctions include blocking of financial and property transactions and barring of entry into the United States. Such sanctions shall not apply to various nongovernmental organizations and activities related to providing humanitarian aid or supporting democratic institutions in Syria.

The President may suspend the sanctions under certain conditions, including if it is in the United States' national security interests.

Combating BDS Act of 2019

The bill allows a state or local government to adopt measures to divest its assets from entities using boycotts, divestments, or sanctions to influence Israel's policies. Such measures shall meet various requirements, including those related to written notice and comment. It also bars lawsuits against investment companies based solely on a company's decision to divest from entities that use boycotts, divestments, or sanctions to influence Israel's policies.

The bill expresses the sense of the Senate that, before any significant withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria or Afghanistan, the President should certify that the conditions for the enduring defeat of al Qaeda and ISIS have been met.

FAIR FISH Act

S 3641International Affairs • Introduced by John Thune on 2018-11-15

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-12-18

Georgia Support Act

HR 6219International Affairs • Introduced by Ted Poe on 2018-6-26

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2018-12-13

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