Federal Legislative Priorities for the 113th Congress

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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 (R-VA)       

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

 ACHIEVED VIA SEPERATE BILL

 

S. Res. 225     Expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress should establish a joint select committee to investigate and report on the attack on the United States diplomatic facility and American personnel in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.

                        Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

 

Summary:     A resolution to express the sense of the Senate that Congress should establish a joint Select committee to investigate and report on the attack on the United States diplomatic facility and American personnel in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.

 

H.R. 640         Student Visa Security Improvement Act

                        Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)

Summary:      Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to: (1) require DHS employees to review the applications, conduct in-person interviews where appropriate, and conduct on-site reviews of applications and supporting documentation with respect to student and exchange program visa applicants prior to final visa adjudication, with emphasis on determining whether an applicant is inadmissible for terrorist-related activities; (2) require an institution or exchange visitor program participating in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to ensure that each covered student or exchange visitor is an active program participant, is observed, and is reported to DHS if he or she transfers institutions or academic majors; (3) provide Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) access to appropriate employees of a SEVIS program sponsor under specified circumstances; and (4) require a SEVIS upgrade to add data fields that include verification that students are meeting minimum academic standards.

 

H.R. 140         Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013

Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

S. 301             Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013

                        Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

Summary:     Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to consider a person born in the United States "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States for citizenship at birth purposes if the person is born in the United States of parents, one of whom is: (1) a U.S. citizen or national, (2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States, or (3) an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

 

H.R. 1081       Military Tribunals for Terrorists Act of 2013

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)

 

Summary:     Requires trial only by a military commission for any foreign national who: (1) engages or has engaged in an offense relating to a terrorist attack against persons or property in the United States or U.S. government property or personnel outside the United States, and (2) is subject to trial for that offense by a military commission under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

 

H. Res. 98       Expressing support for Israel and its right to self-defense against the illegal nuclear program by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ/4th)

Summary:      Supports Israel's lawful exercise of self-defense, including actions to stop Iranian aggression such as a strike against Iran's illegal nuclear program.

 

H.R. 850         Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013
PASSED IN THE HOUSE - 7/31/13

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)

                                                                                                                                       

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).

 

H.R. 2493       The Open Fuel Standard Act of 2013

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)

Summary:      Requires each fleet of a manufacturer of passenger automobiles (including light-duty motor vehicles) to comprise at least: (1) 30% qualified vehicles in model year 2016, and (2) 50% qualified vehicles in model year 2017 and each subsequent year.

Defines "qualified vehicle" as: (1) a vehicle that operates on natural gas, hydrogen, or biodiesel; (2) a flexible fuel vehicle capable of operating on gasoline, E85, and M85; (3) a plug-in electric drive vehicle; or (4) a vehicle propelled solely by fuel cell or by something other than an internal combustion engine.
 

Authorizes a manufacturer to request an exemption from such requirement from the Secretary of Transportation (DOT).

 

H.R. 2417       The Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage (SHIELD) Act

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)

Summary:   Amends section 215 of the Federal Power Act to encourage cooperation between industry and government in the development, promulgation, and implementation of standards and processes that are necessary to address the current shortcomings and vulnerabilities of the electric grid from a major Electric Magnetic Pulse (EMP) event.

 

H.R. 2278       The Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act

                        Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

Summary:     Improves the interior enforcement of our immigration laws by granting states and localities the authority to enforce federal immigration laws.  The bill strengthens national security by increasing border security, making it more difficult for foreign nationals who pose a national security risk to enter and remain in the U.S., improving visa security in high risk countries, and protecting American communities from dangerous criminal aliens.

 

H.R. 3111       The Honoring Fort Hood Heroes Act

                        Rep. John Carter (R-TX)

S. 1500           The Honoring Fort Hood Heroes Act

                        Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

Summary:     To declare the November 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas, a terrorist attack, and to ensure that the victims of the attack and their families receive the same honors and benefits as those Americans who have been killed or wounded in a combat zone overseas and their families.

 

H.Res. 445   Urging the P5+1 to only accept a final nuclear agreement with Iran that definitively prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability, ceases Iran's construction of advanced missiles and warheads, suspends Iran's support for terrorist organizations, and reduces human rights violations within Iran.

                        Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)

Summary:     Reaffirms the commitment of the House of Representatives to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability which threatens U.S. national security and global stability.

Declares that Iran should: (1) dismantle all enrichment facilities and cease all centrifuge production; (2) dismantle its Arak heavy-water plutonium reactor and cease all heavy-water production efforts; (3) allow inspections and monitoring of all nuclear and weapons-testing facilities and fully implement the Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; (4) cease the development, production, and testing of long-range ballistic missiles; (5) cease and dismantle the development of a nuclear warhead and cease other weaponization efforts; (6) suspend support for terrorist organizations including Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as the Assad regime in Syria; and (7) reduce human rights violations, including the persecution of religious minorities and unjust imprisonment of innocent U.S. citizens.

Reaffirms the need for additional economic sanctions against Iran should it fail to meet the negotiated terms of the interim agreement within six months.

 

S. 1881          The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013

                        Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Summary:     Legislation proposing prospective sanctions on Iran should the regime violate the interim Joint Plan of Action agreed to in Geneva or should Iran fail to reach a final agreement.

 

H.R. 4009   The Protect Academic Freedom Act

                     Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-6)

Summary:    To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to prohibit an institution that participates in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions or scholars from being eligible for certain funds under that Act.

 
 

 

H.R. 4223       The International Conflicts of Concern Act

                        Rep. Frank Wolf (VA-10)

Summary:    Legislation aimed at preventing terrorist groups operating in Syria from helping to radicalize Americans by restricting unsanctioned travel to Syria by U.S. citizens and prohibiting material support to groups in the war-torn country.  Provides the president the authority to restrict travel and material support to countries like Syria, where foreign terrorist organizations are active in fighting and may be working with government or anti-government forces.

 

 

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)

Summary:    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.

  PASSED SENATE-4/7/14; PASSED HOUSE-4/10/14; SIGNED BY PRESIDENT



H.R. 4411       The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014

                        Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11)

S. 2329          The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014

                        Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH)

Summary:     A bill that targets the terrorist organization’s foreign assets with sanctions while also going after its narcotics trafficking rings, its media arm, al-Manar, and designating the group as a transnational criminal organization.

 PASSED HOUSE -7/22/14


 

H.Res. 601    Condemning the death sentence against Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, A Sudanese Christian woman accused of apostasy.

                        Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-8)

Summary:    A resolution condemning the death sentence against Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, A Sudanese Christian woman accused of apostasy.

 

 

H.R. 5107      Fuel Choice for American Prosperity and Security Act

                        Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)

Summary:   Would lower fuel economy requirements for automakers that produce vehicles that are open to fuel competition.   Would take 4 miles per gallon off an automaker's fuel economy requirements if at least half of the company's vehicles manufactured in a given model year are warranted to run on something else in addition to or instead of oil based gasoline or diesel.  By breaking OPEC's stranglehold over the global transportation fuel market, fuel competition would counter OPEC's oil price setting ability and also reduce the strategic importance of oil. Fuel competition would reduce the flow of petrodollars to terror-financing regimes, and increase demand for fuels made from resources such as natural gas, coal, biomass, etc.

 

 

H.Res. 622      Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the national security interests of the United States and its allies and partners with respect to the Palestinian Authority.

                        Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-8)

Summary:   Resolution that expresses the sense of Congress that in order to continue receiving USAID and other foreign assistance from the United States, the Palestinian Authority must dissolve its relationship with Hamas. Until that time, all aid must be suspended.

 


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