114th Congress

H.R. 825         The United States-Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act                 

Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-6)

(PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL WERE UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED INTO BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE VERSIONS OF THE TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY – TPA – LEGISLATION. THE TPA WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT OBAMA ON JUNE 29, 2015.)

REP. ROSKAM PUBLICLY THANKED ACT FOR AMERICA FOR ITS HELP GETTING THIS LANGUAGE PASSED IN A PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON JUNE 29, 2015. SEE HERE: https://roskam.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/roskam-anti-bds-provisions-signed-into-law-0)

Summary:      The bill states that among the principal U.S. trade negotiating objectives for trade agreements with foreign countries regarding commercial partnerships are to: (1) discourage actions by potential trading partners that discourage commercial activity solely between the U.S. and Israel; (2) discourage politically motivated actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel and to seek the elimination of politically motivated non-tariff barriers on Israel commerce; and (3) seek the elimination of state-sponsored unsanctioned foreign boycotts against Israel or compliance with the Arab League Boycott of Israel.


 H.R. 1073     The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA)  

Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-8)       

(PASSED IN THE HOUSE ON 11/16/15 AND WAS THEN PENDING IN THE SENATE.  THE CIPA LANGUAGE WAS FOLDED INTO THE 2017 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT (NDAA) WHICH WAS PASSED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS AND SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE PRESIDENT ON DECEMBER 23, 2016.)

Summary:     The CIPA amends The Homeland Security Act of 2002 and addresses the need for Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) protection of all 16 critical infrastructure segments.


H.R. 237         The FTO Passport Revocation Act of 2015           

Rep. Ted Poe  (TX- 2)                       

(PASSED THE HOUSE ON 7/21/15)

Summary:      Amends the Passport Act of 1926 to prohibit, with a discretionary exception for emergency or humanitarian reasons, the Secretary of State from issuing a passport or passport card to an individual who is a member of, affiliated with, or is otherwise helping a foreign terrorist organization.


 S. 2040            The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)

                        Sen. John Cornyn (TX)

(PASSED IN THE SENATE-MAY 2016-AND IN THE HOUSE-SEPTEMBER 2016. THE HOUSE AND SENATE THEN OVERRODE PRESIDENT OBAMA’S VETO OF THE LEGISLATION IN SEPTEMBER OF 2016 AND THE BILL BECAME PUBLIC LAW: 114–222 )

Summary:      Legislation that amends the federal judicial code to narrow the scope of foreign sovereign immunity by authorizing U.S. courts to hear cases involving claims against a foreign state for injuries, death, or damages that occur inside the United States as a result of a tort, including an act of terrorism, committed anywhere by a foreign state or official.

Amends the federal criminal code to permit civil claims against a foreign state or official for injuries, death, or damages from an act of international terrorism. Additionally, the bill authorizes federal courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over and impose liability on a person who commits, or aids, abets, or conspires to commit, an act of international terrorism against a U.S. national.