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H.R.4653: United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization 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 Frank R. Wolf, R-Va.
Total Cosponsors 41 (22 Democrats, 19 Republicans)
Introduced May 9, 2014
Latest Major Action July 9, 2014
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Bill Summary

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2014 - Amends the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) as an independent federal government advisory body through FY2019.

(Sec. 2) Requires USCIRF as a whole to have expertise on the variety of faiths practiced around the world.

Requires appointments to USCIRF to be made within 90 days of a vacancy. Removes authority under which a USCIRF member may serve after the expiration of that member's term until a successor has taken office.

(Sec. 3) Amends the Foreign Service Act of 1980 to require the Secretary of State to receive assistance from USCIRF when establishing training for Foreign Service officers in the field of internationally recognized human rights, including instruction regarding the relationship between religious freedom and security, as well as the role of religious freedom in U.S. f...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
July 9, 2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
July 8, 2014 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H5836)
July 8, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4653.
July 8, 2014 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H5836-5839)
July 8, 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 18, 2014 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Unanimous Consent .
June 18, 2014 Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
June 4, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
May 9, 2014 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.