Federal Legislation

The following are federal bills that have passed in the U.S. House and/or Senate, and/or were signed into law that ACT for America actively supported – both via the organization’s Director of Government Relations on Capitol Hill, and by its hundreds of thousands of grassroots activists all across the nation.

  • 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)

    Summary:     To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to secure critical infrastructure against electromagnetic threats, and for other purposes.


     

    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.

  • H. Res. 36       Establishing a select committee to investigate and report on the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya.          

                            Rep. Frank Wolf (VA-10)     

    (ACHIEVED VIA SEPARATE BILL. LISA PIRANEO, DIRECTOR OF GOV’T RELATIONS AND BRIGITTE GABRIEL FORMALLY THANKED VIA LETTER.)

    Text of Bill: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hres36ih/pdf/BILLS-113hres36ih.pdf

    Summary:      Establishes a select committee to investigate and report on the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya.


     

    H.R. 850         Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013

    Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39)

    (PASSED HOUSE - 7/31/13)

    Text of Bill: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr850rfs/pdf/BILLS-113hr850rfs.pdf                                                                                                                                                              

    Summary:      Requires the Secretary of State to determine if Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) meets the criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organization and: (1) if so, designate the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization; and (2) if not, report to Congress concerning those criteria which have not been met. Expresses the sense of Congress regarding the imposition of sanctions on certain Iranian government persons responsible for, or complicit in, human rights abuses, diversion of food and medicine, and censorship…(see more at thomas.loc.gov).


     

    S. 2195            A bill to deny admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who has engaged in espionage activities against the United States, poses a threat to the United States national security interests, or has engaged in a terrorist activity against the United States.

    Sen. Ted Cruz (TX)   

    (PASSED SENATE-4/7/14; PASSED HOUSE-4/10/14; SIGNED BY PRESIDENT ON 4/18/14. PUBLIC LAW NO. 113-100)

    Text of Bill:

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s2195es/pdf/BILLS-113s2195es.pdf

    • H.R. 1299       The “Secure Border Act of 2011”                                      

                              Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI)

      (PASSED IN THE HOUSE ON 5/30/12)

      Text of Bill: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr1299eh/pdf/BILLS-112hr1299eh.pdf

      Summary:  Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to submit to the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, a comprehensive strategy for gaining operational control of the international borders of the United States within five years.


       

      H.R. 1905       The “Iran Threat Reduction Act”                                     

                              Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

      (PASSED IN HOUSE & SENATE; SIGNED BY PRESIDENT; PUBLIC LAW #112-158 ON 08/10/12)

      Text of Bill: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr1905enr/pdf/BILLS-112hr1905enr.pdf

      Summary:  To strengthen Iran sanctions laws for the purpose of compelling Iran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons and other threatening activities, and for other purposes.


       H.R. 3783       The “Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act”

                              Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC)

      (PASSED IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. SIGNED INTO LAW ON 12/28/12. PUBLIC LAW NO: 112-220)

      Text of Bill: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr3783enr/pdf/BILLS-112hr3783enr.pdf

      Summary:  Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012 - States that it shall be U.S. policy to use all elements of national power to counter Iran's growing presence and hostile activity in the Western Hemisphere.  Directs the Secretary of State to submit to Congress a strategy to address Iran's growing presence and activity in the Western Hemisphere.

    • 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.