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S.653: Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom 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 Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
Total Cosponsors 22 (5 Democrats, 17 Republicans)
Introduced March 22, 2013
Latest Major Action Aug. 8, 2014
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Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the Senate on July 10, 2014. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act of 2014 - (Sec. 2) Authorizes the President to appoint a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia within the Department of State. Requires the Special Envoy to have the rank of ambassador.

(Sec. 3) Requires the Special Envoy to: (1) promote the right of religious freedom of religious minorities in the countries of the Near East and South Central Asia, denounce the violation of such right, and recommend appropriate U.S government responses to such violations; (2) monitor and combat acts of religious intolerance and incitement targeted against such religious minorities; (3) ensure that the needs of such religious minority communities are addressed, including economic and security needs directly tied to religio...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Aug. 8, 2014 Became Public Law No: 113-161.
Aug. 8, 2014 Signed by President.
July 29, 2014 Presented to President.
July 25, 2014 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
July 25, 2014 On passage Passed without objection. (text: CR H6837-6838)
July 25, 2014 Considered by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR H6837-6838)
July 25, 2014 Mr. Smith (NJ) asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and consider.
July 14, 2014 Held at the desk.
July 14, 2014 Received in the House.
July 14, 2014 Message on Senate action sent to the House.
July 10, 2014 Passed Senate with amendments by Voice Vote. (text: CR S4435-4436)
July 10, 2014 Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S4435-4436)
Dec. 18, 2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 268.
Dec. 18, 2013 Committee on Foreign Relations. Reported by Senator Menendez without amendment. Without written report.
Dec. 18, 2013 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
March 22, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.