S.RES.447: A resolution recognizing the threats to freedom of the press and expression around the world and reaffirming freedom of the press as a priority in the efforts of the United States Government to promote democracy and good governance.

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about international affairs
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Sponsor Bob Casey, D-Pa.
Total Cosponsors 2 (1 Democrat, 1 Republican)
Introduced May 15, 2014
Latest Major Action July 8, 2014
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Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the Senate on June 25, 2014. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Expresses concern about the threats to freedom of the press and expression around the world following World Press Freedom Day, held on May 3. 2014.

Commends journalists and media workers for their essential role in promoting government accountability, defending democratic activity, and strengthening civil society, despite threats to their safety.

Pays tribute to the journalists who have lost their lives carrying out their work.

Calls on governments abroad to implement United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/68/163) by seeking to resolve outstanding cases of violence against journalists.

Condemns all actions around the world that suppress freedom of the press, such as the recent kidnappings of journalists and media workers in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militant groups.


(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
July 8, 2014 Resolution agreed to in Senate with an amendment and an amended preamble by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S4284-4285; text as passed Senate: CR S4284-4285)
June 25, 2014 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 440.
June 25, 2014 Committee on Foreign Relations. Reported by Senator Menendez with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble. Without written report.
June 24, 2014 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with amendments favorably.
May 15, 2014 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (text of measure as introduced: CR S3078)