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H.R.4490: United States International Communications Reform Act of 2014

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about international affairs
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Sponsor Edward Royce, R-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 15 (7 Democrats, 8 Republicans)
Introduced April 28, 2014
Latest Major Action July 29, 2014
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Bill Progress

  • Bill introduced in the House   
  • Bill passed in the House   
  • Bill passed in the Senate   
  • Bill signed into law

Bill Summary

United States International Communications Reform Act of 2014 - Revises U.S. international broadcasting and communications structures, missions, and objectives.

(Sec. 5) Requires U.S. international broadcasting to incorporate specified standards.

(Sec. 6) Directs the Board of the United States International Communications Agency and the Board of the Freedom News Network, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall ensure that United States international broadcasting is conducted only to countries and regions that:

  • lack democratic rule;
  • lack the legal and political environment that allows media organizations and journalists to operate free from government-led or permitted harassment and from economic impediments to news and related programming and content;
  • lack established, domestic, and widely accessible media that provide accurate, objective, and comprehensive news; and
  • would benefit U.S. national security and related ...

    (Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
July 29, 2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
July 28, 2014 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
July 28, 2014 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H6886-6893)
July 28, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4490.
July 28, 2014 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H6886-6895)
July 28, 2014 Mr. Royce moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
July 18, 2014 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 407.
July 18, 2014 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Foreign Affairs. H. Rept. 113-541.
April 30, 2014 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.
April 30, 2014 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
April 28, 2014 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.