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H.RES.188: Calling upon the Government of Turkey to facilitate the reopening of the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Theological School of Halki without condition or further delay.

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about international affairs
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Sponsor Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla.
Total Cosponsors 39 (23 Democrats, 16 Republicans)
Introduced April 26, 2013
Latest Major Action Nov. 19, 2013
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Bill Summary

Welcomes past and future meetings between Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.

Welcomes the positive gestures by the government of Turkey, including: (1) allowing the liturgical celebration by the Ecumenical Patriarch at the historic Sumela Monastery, (2) returning the former Greek Orphanage on Buyukada Island to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and (3) returning the 190 hectares of forestland to the Greek Orthodox foundation listed as owner-of-record of the Theological School of Halki.

Urges the government of Turkey to facilitate the reopening of the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Theological School of Halki and to address other longstanding concerns relating to the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Nov. 19, 2013 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Unanimous Consent .
Nov. 19, 2013 Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
May 6, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.
April 26, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.