111th Congress

H.R. 2194     “Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009”   

                        Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA)

(PASSED IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE.  SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT.  PUBLIC LAW NO: 111-195. )

Text of Bill: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-111hr2194enr/pdf/BILLS-111hr2194enr.pdf

Summary: Amends the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to enhance United States diplomatic efforts with respect to Iran by expanding economic sanctions against Iran.


ACT for America supported and endorsed two pieces of legislation that addressed the issues of free speech and libel tourism:

H.R. 1304, the Free Speech Protection Act (Sponsor: Rep. Peter King)

Text of H.R. 1304

S. 449, the Free Speech Protection Act  (Sponsor: Sen. Arlen Specter)   

Text of S. 449

Background and Summary:  

The legislation that was ultimately passed out of the U.S. Congress was a modified version of these two bills H.R. 2765, entitled, The “Security the Protection of Our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage (SPEECH) Act.  It was signed into law on August 10, 2010.  The Act bars the enforcement of foreign judgments that do not meet U.S. free-speech standards. The act not only provides a national standard, as opposed to the prior patchwork of state legislation on the issue, but it also authorizes declaratory judgments in federal court and a number of other protections.