Text: H.R.1147 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

There is one version of the bill.

Text available as:

Shown Here:
Introduced in House

 
 
HR 1147 SC
102d CONGRESS
1st Session
 H. R. 1147
To direct the heads of agencies to disclose information concerning United
States personnel classified as prisoners of war or missing in action after
1940, including from World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam
conflict.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 27, 1991
Mr. MILLER of Washington (for himself, Mrs. MEYERS of Kansas, Mr. GOSS,
Mr. THOMAS of Wyoming, Mr. BACCHUS, Mr. MRAZEK, Mr. HUCKABY, Mr. TAUZIN,
Mr. LANCASTER, Mr. GLICKMAN, Mr. DWYER of New Jersey, Mr. WALSH, Mr. COX of
California, Mr. RINALDO, Mrs. BENTLEY, Mr. MCCLOSKEY, Mr. WILSON, Mr. MCGRATH,
Mr. LENT, Mr. DREIER of California, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. QUILLEN, Mr. MFUME,
Mr. BROWN, Mr. SCHAEFER, Mr. HENRY, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. SANGMEISTER,
and Mr. GILCHREST) introduced the following bill; which was referred jointly
to the Committees on Government Operations, Armed Services, Permanent Select
Committee on Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs
July 24, 1991
Additional sponsors: Mr. ENGEL, Mr. WELDON, Mr. TAYLOR of Mississippi,
Mr. LEVINE of California, Mr. HERGER, Mr. KENNEDY, Mr. CHANDLER, Mrs. ROUKEMA,
Mr. ALLARD, Mr. UPTON, Mr. HEFLEY, Mr. GUNDERSON, Mr. PACKARD, Mr. MCDERMOTT,
Mr. GALLEGLY, Mr. MCNULTY, Mr. BROOMFIELD, Mr. HAMILTON, Mr. CAMP,
Mr. SMITH of Texas, Mr. POSHARD, Mr. SUNDQUIST, Mr. GUARINI, Mr. BATEMAN,
Mr. ROE, Mr. MACHTLEY, Mr. ROSE, Mr. COSTELLO, Mr. HANCOCK, Mrs. JOHNSON of
Connecticut, Mr. TRAFICANT, Mr. PAXON, Mr. RAVENEL, Mrs. UNSOELD, Mr. CARR,
Mr. SCHEUER, Mr. HERTEL, Mr. PURSELL, Ms. MOLINARI, Mr. HAYES of Louisiana,
Mr. KOLBE, Mr. KLECZKA, Mr. VANDER JAGT, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, Mr. TRAXLER,
Mr. SHAW, Mr. DAVIS, Mr. YATRON, Mr. BAKER, Mr. BONIOR, Mr. FORD of Michigan,
Mr. ZELIFF, Mr. SAXTON, Mr. WEBER, Mr. SANTORUM, Mr. BRUCE, Mr. COBLE,
Mr. HOCHBRUECKNER, Mr. CARDIN, Mr. KILDEE, Mr. AUCOIN, Mr. GALLO, Mr. LIPINSKI,
Mr. IRELAND, Mr. ZIMMER, Mr. WISE, Mr. JACOBS, Mr. LAFALCE, Mr. RITTER,
Mr. PENNY, Mr. SCHIFF, Mrs. LOWEY of New York, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. HANSEN,
Mr. BENNETT, Mr. JONES of North Carolina, Mr. EMERSON, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey,
Mr. RAMSTAD, Mr. GINGRICH, Mr. PANETTA, Mr. PALLONE, Mr. SCHULZE, Mr. PETERSON
of Minnesota, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. HASTERT, Mr. DANNEMEYER, Mr. ROHRABACHER,
Mr. MCMILLEN of Maryland, Mr. SMITH of Oregon, Mr. FISH, Mr. SIKORSKI,
Mr. CHAPMAN, Mr. BILBRAY, Mr. PAYNE of New Jersey, Mr. BARNARD, Mr. KLUG,
Mr. WYDEN, Mrs. MINK, Mrs. VUCANOVICH, Mr. MURPHY, Mr. INHOFE, Mr. SKAGGS,
Mr. STAGGERS, Mr. CAMPBELL of Colorado, Mr. MARLENEE, Mr. EVANS, Mr. DERRICK,
Mr. OBERSTAR, Mr. BLAZ, Mr. PERKINS, Mr. MCMILLAN of North Carolina, Mr. PRICE,
Mr. ERDREICH, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mrs. MORELLA, Mr. BUNNING, Mr. HUGHES, Mr. TORRES,
Mr. FRANKS of Connecticut, Mr. DE LUGO, Mr. REGULA, Mr. YATES, Mr. FROST,
Mr. TORRICELLI, Mr. HYDE, Mr. ARMEY, Mr. LEHMAN of Florida, Mr. JOHNSTON
of Florida, Mr. LEWIS of Florida, Mr. PETERSON of Florida, Mr. GIBBONS,
Mr. BORSKI, Mr. MOODY, Mr. VENTO, Mr. SMITH of Florida, Mr. MORRISON,
Mr. GEREN of Texas, Mr. JOHNSON of Texas, and Mr. Stearns
A BILL
To direct the heads of agencies to disclose information concerning United
States personnel classified as prisoners of war or missing in action after
1940, including from World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam
conflict.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION CONCERNING UNITED STATES PERSONNEL
CLASSIFIED AS PRISONER OF WAR OR MISSING IN ACTION AFTER 1940.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in section 2, the head of each department
  or agency which holds or receives any records and information, including
  live-sighting reports, which have been correlated or possibly correlated
  to United States personnel listed as prisoner of war or missing in action
  after 1940, including from World War II, the Korean conflict, and the
  Vietnam conflict, shall make available to the public all such records
  and information.
  (b) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE- The Department of Defense shall make available
  to the public with its records and information a complete listing of United
  States personnel classified as prisoner of war, missing in action, or killed
  in action (body not returned) after 1940, including from World War II,
  the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam conflict. The listing shall include--
  (1) the current classification for each service member; and
  (2) any changes which have occurred in the service member's classification
  during or after the conclusion of hostilities of World War II, the Korean
  conflict, and the Vietnam conflict.
SEC. 2. LIMITATIONS ON DISCLOSURE.
  (a) PROTECTION OF SOURCES AND METHODS-
  (1) IN GENERAL- Section 1 does not apply with respect to information that
  would reveal sources and methods of intelligence collection that if released
  would compromise national security.
  (2) PERSONS OF AMERICAN PARENTAGE- For purposes of this subsection,
  information regarding the existence or possible existence of persons
  of American parentage in Communist countries shall not be interpreted
  compromising national security.
  (b) SPECIFIC MENTION BY NAME- No records or information, including fatality
  reports, which specifically mention a United States service member by
  name and does not correlate or possibly correlate to circumstances which
  may involve United States personnel listed as prisoner of war or missing
  in action, shall be made available to the public pursuant to this Act
  without the expressed written consent of the closest living relative. This
  proscription does not limit the access of that family member to the
  information. This authority may not be delegated to any other person or
  organization without express legal power of attorney from the closest
  living relative.
SEC. 3. DEADLINES.
  (a) EXISTING RECORDS AND INFORMATION- The head of each department or
  agency covered in subsection (a) shall make records and information
  available pursuant to this Act not later than 180 days after the date of
  the enactment of this Act.
  (b) NEW RECORDS AND INFORMATION- If the head of a department or agency
  covered in subsection (a) receives records and information after the date
  of the enactment of this Act, such records and information shall be made
  available not later than 180 days after it is received by the department
  or agency.
  (c) EXCEPTIONS- If the head of a department or agency determines that release
  of certain records and information after the date required by subsection
  (a) or (b) will compromise the safety of United States personnel known or
  thought to be held prisoner of war, then such a determination once made must
  be immediately reported to and is subject to the review of the appropriate
  intelligence committees of the United States Congress and the President.