H.RES.34: Calling on the United States and Russia to continue cooperation in securing safe and loving homes for unparented children.

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
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Sponsor Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J.
Total Cosponsors 2 (All Republicans)
Introduced Jan. 15, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 25, 2013
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Bill Summary

Appeals to the Russian government to allow the adoptions initiated before January 1, 2013, to proceed to conclusion, and invites Russia to continue participation in the bilateral adoption agreement that went into force November 1, 2012.

Expresses deep sadness over the deaths in the United States of 19 adopted Russian children and over the other cases of abuse.

Celebrates the tens of thousands of U.S. families who have opened their homes and hearts to Russian children.

Affirms the extensive work of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Department of State to create safeguards against future abuse through such bilateral adoption agreement.

Urges federal, state, and local governments and adoptive families to accommodate official inquiries into the well-being of adopted Russian children and to comply with all adoption requirements delineated by the bilateral agreement.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 25, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.
Jan. 15, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.