H.R.2283: Human Trafficking Prioritization Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about international affairs
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Sponsor Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J.
Total Cosponsors 111 (51 Democrats, 60 Republicans)
Introduced June 6, 2013
Latest Major Action July 24, 2014
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Bill Summary

Human Trafficking Prioritization Act - (Sec. 3) Expresses the sense of Congress that the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking of the Department of State will be more effective in carrying out duties mandated by Congress in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and can do so without an increase in either personnel or budget, if: (1) the Office status is changed to that of a Bureau within the Department; and (2) the Office is headed by an Assistant Secretary with direct access to the Secretary of State, rather than an Ambassador-at-Large.

(Sec. 4) Amends the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to change the status of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking to that of the Bureau to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

(Sec. 5) Directs the Secretary to report to Congress:

  • detailing for each current Assistant Secretary of State position the exact title and length of designation as Assistant Secretary, and whether that designation was le...

    (Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
July 24, 2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
July 23, 2014 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
July 23, 2014 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H6730)
July 23, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2283.
July 23, 2014 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H6730-6733)
July 23, 2014 Mr. Smith (NJ) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
June 26, 2014 Ordered to be Reported in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.
June 26, 2014 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
June 6, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.