S.2040: Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

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Week Ending Rank
May 22, 2016 7th
April 24, 2016 6th

Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the Senate on May 17, 2016. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (Sec. 3) This bill amends the federal judicial code to narrow the scope of foreign sovereign immunity (i.e., a foreign state's immunity from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts). Specifically, it authorizes federal court jurisdiction over a civil claim against a foreign state...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

What Lawmakers Are Saying About This Bill

There are 40 statements associated with S.2040.

Bill Actions

Date Description
Sept. 28, 2016

Became Public Law No: 114-222.

Sept. 28, 2016
The Chair directed the Clerk to notify the Senate of the action of the House.
Sept. 28, 2016
Two-thirds of the Members present having voted in the affirmative the bill is passed, the Passed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 348 - 77, 1 Present (Roll no. 564).
Sept. 28, 2016
The previous question was ordered pursuant the previous order. (consideration: CR H6032)
Sept. 28, 2016
DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the question of passage of S. 2040, the objections of the President to the contrary, notwithstanding.
Sept. 28, 2016
The Chair laid before the House the veto message from the President. (consideration: CR H6023-6032; text of veto message: CR 6023-6024)
Sept. 28, 2016
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Sept. 28, 2016
Passed Senate over veto by Yea-Nay Vote. 97 - 1. Record Vote Number: 148.
Sept. 28, 2016
Veto Message considered in Senate. (consideration: CR S6166-6173)
Sept. 26, 2016
Veto message ordered held at the desk.
Sept. 23, 2016

Vetoed by President. (text of veto message: CR 9/26/2016 S6071-6072)

Sept. 23, 2016
Veto message received in Senate.
Sept. 12, 2016
Presented to President.
Sept. 9, 2016
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Sept. 9, 2016

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H5239-5240)

Sept. 9, 2016
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2040.
Sept. 9, 2016
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H5239-5244)
Sept. 9, 2016
Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
Sept. 7, 2016
UNANIMOUS CONSENT - Mr. Sessions asked unanimous consent that it be in order at any time on the legislative day of September 9, 2016, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules, as though under clause 1 of rule 15, relating to S. 2040.
May 17, 2016
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
May 17, 2016
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
May 17, 2016
Received in the House.
May 17, 2016

Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.

May 17, 2016
The committee substitute withdrawn by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S2847)
May 17, 2016
Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S2845-2848; text of measure as reported in Senate: CR S2846-2847)
Feb. 3, 2016
Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 362.
Feb. 3, 2016
Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Grassley with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
Jan. 28, 2016
Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
Sept. 16, 2015
Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text of measure as introduced: CR S6701-6702)
Sept. 16, 2015

Introduced in the Senate by John Cornyn (R-Texas)

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