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H.RES.588: Concerning the suspension of exit permit issuance by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for adopted Congolese children seeking to depart the country with their adoptive parents.

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about immigration
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Sponsor Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn.
Total Cosponsors 61 (28 Democrats, 33 Republicans)
Introduced May 19, 2014
Latest Major Action July 8, 2014
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Bill Summary

Affirms that all children deserve a safe, loving, and permanent family.

Recognizes the importance of ensuring that international adoptions of all children are conducted in an ethical and transparent manner.

Expresses concern over the increasing number of new adoption cases that have been opened and the impact on children and families of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's suspension of exit permits.

Requests that the Congolese government: (1) resume issuing exit permits for all children that have been adopted and continue processing adoptions that are already underway, and (2) expedite the processing of adoptions involving medically fragile children.

Encourages continued cooperation between the Department of State and the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to improve the intercountry adoption process and ensure the welfare of all children adopted from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
July 8, 2014 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
July 8, 2014 On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H5839)
July 8, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 588.
July 8, 2014 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H5839-5842)
July 8, 2014 Mr. Smith (NJ) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended.
June 26, 2014 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.
June 26, 2014 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
June 18, 2014 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Unanimous Consent .
June 18, 2014 Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
June 10, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
May 19, 2014 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.