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Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act

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Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act

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Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015

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Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act

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Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act

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Official Title as Introduced

To amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to improve the ability of the United States to advance religious freedom globally through enhanced diplomacy, training, counterterrorism, and foreign assistance efforts, and through stronger and more flexible political responses to religious freedom violations and violent extremism worldwide, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (8)

Date
12/16/2016 Became Public Law No: 114-281. (TXT | PDF)
12/16/2016 Signed by President.
12/15/2016 Presented to President.
12/13/2016 Resolving differences -- House actions: On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to without objection.
12/10/2016 Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
12/07/2016 Committee on Foreign Relations. Reported by Senator Corker with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
05/16/2016 Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H2399-2403)
02/27/2015 Introduced in House

All Actions (33)

Date Chamber
12/16/2016 Became Public Law No: 114-281. (TXT | PDF)
12/16/2016 Signed by President.
12/15/2016 House Presented to President.
12/13/2016-2:36pm House Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12/13/2016-2:35pm House On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to without objection. (consideration: CR H7580-7584; text as House agreed to Senate amendment: CR H7580-7583)
12/13/2016-2:34pm House Mr. Smith (NJ) asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and agree to the Senate amendment.
12/12/2016 Senate Message on Senate action sent to the House.
12/10/2016 Senate Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
12/10/2016 Senate S.Amdt.5176 Amendment SA 5176 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
12/10/2016 Senate S.Amdt.5176 Amendment SA 5176 proposed by Senator Portman for Senator Corker to Amendment SA 5175. (consideration: CR S7127; text: CR S7127) To clarify religious freedom training requirements for Foreign Service officers.
12/10/2016 Senate S.Amdt.5175 Amendment SA 5175 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
12/10/2016 Senate S.Amdt.5175 Amendment SA 5175 proposed by Senator Portman for Senator Corker. (consideration: CR S7127) In the nature of a substitute.
12/10/2016 Senate The committee substitute withdrawn by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S7127)
12/10/2016 Senate Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S7123-7127; text as reported to Senate: CR S7123-7127)
12/07/2016 Senate Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 705.
12/07/2016 Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Reported by Senator Corker with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Relations
12/06/2016 Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Relations
05/17/2016 Senate Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
05/16/2016-5:13pm House Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
05/16/2016-5:13pm House On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H2399-2403)
05/16/2016-4:51pm House DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1150.
05/16/2016-4:51pm House Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H2399-2406)
05/16/2016-4:51pm House Mr. Royce moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
04/20/2016 House Ordered to be Reported in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs
04/20/2016 House Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs
04/15/2015 House Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Unanimous Consent .
Action By: House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations
04/15/2015 House Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations
03/20/2015 House Referred to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs
02/27/2015 House Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform
02/27/2015 House Referred to House Financial Services
02/27/2015 House Referred to House Foreign Affairs
02/27/2015 House Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
02/27/2015 House Introduced in House

Cosponsors (116)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]* 02/27/2015
Rep. Comstock, Barbara [R-VA-10] 03/23/2015
Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9] 03/23/2015
Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2] 03/23/2015
Rep. Aderholt, Robert B. [R-AL-4] 03/23/2015
Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5] 03/23/2015
Rep. Fleischmann, Charles J. "Chuck" [R-TN-3] 03/23/2015
Rep. Trott, David A. [R-MI-11] 03/23/2015
Rep. Pompeo, Mike [R-KS-4] 03/23/2015
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] 03/23/2015
Rep. Carter, John R. [R-TX-31] 04/13/2015
Rep. Pitts, Joseph R. [R-PA-16] 04/13/2015
Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5] 04/13/2015
Rep. Holding, George [R-NC-13] 04/13/2015
Rep. Woodall, Rob [R-GA-7] 04/13/2015
Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7] 04/13/2015
Rep. Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2] 04/13/2015
Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7] 04/13/2015
Rep. Webster, Daniel [R-FL-10] 04/13/2015
Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] 04/13/2015
Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2] 04/13/2015
Rep. Forbes, J. Randy [R-VA-4] 04/13/2015
Rep. Scott, Austin [R-GA-8] 04/13/2015
Rep. Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8] 04/13/2015
Rep. Fortenberry, Jeff [R-NE-1] 04/13/2015
Rep. Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-48] 04/13/2015
Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] 04/13/2015
Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] 04/13/2015
Rep. Nugent, Richard B. [R-FL-11] 04/13/2015
Rep. Cole, Tom [R-OK-4] 04/13/2015
Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] 04/13/2015
Rep. Hultgren, Randy [R-IL-14] 04/13/2015
Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] 04/13/2015
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32] 04/13/2015
Rep. Stutzman, Marlin A. [R-IN-3] 04/13/2015
Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32] 04/13/2015
Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] 04/13/2015
Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2] 04/13/2015
Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17] 04/13/2015
Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15] 04/13/2015
Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] 04/13/2015
Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8] 04/13/2015
Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3] 04/13/2015
Rep. Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5] 04/13/2015
Rep. Rangel, Charles B. [D-NY-13] 04/13/2015
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14] 04/13/2015
Rep. Duncan, Jeff [R-SC-3] 04/13/2015
Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] 04/13/2015
Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14] 04/13/2015
Rep. Walker, Mark [R-NC-6] 04/13/2015
Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11] 04/13/2015
Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5] 04/13/2015
Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12] 04/13/2015
Rep. Fleming, John [R-LA-4] 04/13/2015
Rep. Delaney, John K. [D-MD-6] 04/13/2015
Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1] 04/13/2015
Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14] 04/13/2015
Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3] 04/13/2015
Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11] 04/13/2015
Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1] 04/13/2015
Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4] 04/13/2015
Rep. Shimkus, John [R-IL-15] 04/13/2015
Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] 04/13/2015
Rep. Barton, Joe [R-TX-6] 04/13/2015
Rep. Turner, Michael R. [R-OH-10] 04/13/2015
Rep. Mulvaney, Mick [R-SC-5] 04/13/2015
Rep. Ross, Dennis A. [R-FL-15] 04/13/2015
Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] 04/13/2015
Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1] 04/13/2015
Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51] 04/13/2015
Rep. Mica, John L. [R-FL-7] 04/13/2015
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6] 04/13/2015
Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2] 04/14/2015
Rep. Gowdy, Trey [R-SC-4] 04/14/2015
Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2] 04/14/2015
Rep. Neugebauer, Randy [R-TX-19] 04/14/2015
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6] 04/14/2015
Rep. Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7] 04/14/2015
Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] 04/21/2015
Rep. Marino, Tom [R-PA-10] 04/21/2015
Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36] 04/21/2015
Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6] 05/05/2015
Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5] 05/05/2015
Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2] 05/05/2015
Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] 05/05/2015
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27] 05/05/2015
Rep. Benishek, Dan [R-MI-1] 05/05/2015
Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2] 05/05/2015
Rep. Costello, Ryan A. [R-PA-6] 05/05/2015
Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28] 05/05/2015
Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] 05/21/2015
Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] 05/21/2015
Rep. Bridenstine, Jim [R-OK-1] 05/21/2015
Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] 05/21/2015
Rep. Dold, Robert J. [R-IL-10] 06/02/2015
Rep. Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1] 06/02/2015
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19] 06/02/2015
Rep. Guinta, Frank C. [R-NH-1] 07/09/2015
Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50] 07/09/2015
Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47] 07/09/2015
Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] 07/09/2015
Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27] 07/09/2015
Rep. Hice, Jody B. [R-GA-10] 07/28/2015
Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27] 07/28/2015
Rep. Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI-7] 07/28/2015
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26] 07/29/2015
Rep. Barletta, Lou [R-PA-11] 09/17/2015
Rep. Hanna, Richard L. [R-NY-22] 10/28/2015
Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] 11/19/2015
Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16] 11/19/2015
Rep. Salmon, Matt [R-AZ-5] 02/01/2016
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] 02/01/2016
Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3] 02/09/2016
Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8] 04/19/2016
Rep. Donovan, Daniel M., Jr. [R-NY-11] 04/19/2016
Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] 04/20/2016

Committees (4)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Foreign Affairs02/27/2015 Referred to
04/20/2016 Markup by
House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations03/20/2015 Referred to
04/15/2015 Markup by
04/15/2015 Reported by
House Financial Services02/27/2015 Referred to
House Oversight and Government Reform02/27/2015 Referred to
Senate Foreign Relations05/17/2016 Referred to
12/06/2016 Markup by
12/07/2016 Reported by

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Subjects (24)

  • Congressional oversight
  • Department of State
  • Detention of persons
  • Diplomacy, foreign officials, Americans abroad
  • Employment discrimination and employee rights
  • Executive Office of the President
  • Executive agency funding and structure
  • Federal officials
  • Government employee pay, benefits, personnel management
  • Government information and archives
  • Government trust funds
  • Higher education
  • Human rights
  • Intelligence activities, surveillance, classified information
  • International law and treaties
  • Religion
  • Sanctions
  • School administration
  • Social work, volunteer service, charitable organizations
  • Teaching, teachers, curricula
  • Terrorism
  • U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Violent crime

Latest Summary (3)

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Shown Here:
Public Law No: 114-281 (12/16/2016)

Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act

(Sec. 2) This bill expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) a foreign country's practice of routinely denying visa applications for religious workers can be indicative of a poor state of religious freedom in that country, and (2) the U.S. government should seek to reverse any such policy by reviewing the bilateral relationship between such country and the United States.

TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF STATE ACTIVITIES

(Sec. 101) The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA) is amended to provide that in order to promote religious freedom as a U.S. foreign policy interest, the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom: (1) shall coordinate international religious freedom policies across all U.S. programs and activities, and (2) is urged to participate in any interagency processes in which the promotion of international religious freedom policy can advance U.S. national security interests.

It is the sense of Congress that maintaining an adequate staffing level at the Office of International Religious Freedom is necessary for the office to carry out its work.

(Sec. 102) The deadline for submitting the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom is changed from September 1 to May 1 (or the first day thereafter on which the appropriate House of Congress is in session).

Such report shall include information about:

  • severe violations of religious freedom in a country where a government does not function or does not control its territory;
  • identification of prisoners in a country;
  • action taken by a government to censor religious content, communications, or worship activities online;
  • persecution of human rights advocates seeking to defend the rights of members of religious groups or highlight religious freedom violations, including prohibitions on ritual animal slaughter or male infant circumcision; and
  • country-specific analysis of the impact of U.S. actions on religious freedom.

The executive summary of each such report shall include information about a country in which a non-state actor is designated as an entity of particular concern for religious freedom.

The bill expresses the sense of Congress that given that the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices no longer contain updated information on religious freedom conditions globally, it is important that the Department of State coordinates with the Commission on International Religious Freedom to fulfill IRFA's original intent.

(Sec. 103) The Foreign Service Act of 1980 is amended to require the Director of the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center to conduct training on religious freedom for all Foreign Service officers and all outgoing deputy chiefs of mission and ambassadors. The State Department shall submit a plan within 180 days for undertaking such training.

Such curriculum and training materials shall be shared with the Armed Forces and other federal agencies with overseas personnel.

(Sec. 104) The commission shall make publicly available lists of persons who are imprisoned, detained, disappeared, placed under house arrest, tortured, or subject to forced renunciations of religious faith by the government of a foreign country or by a non-state actor that the commission recommends for designation as a country or entity of particular concern for religious freedom.

TITLE II--NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

(Sec. 201) The Special Adviser to the President on International Religious Freedom is urged to assist the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom to coordinate executive branch international religious freedom policies and strategies throughout the executive branch and within any interagency policy committee of which the Ambassador at Large is a member.

TITLE III--PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS

(Sec. 301) The President: (1) concurrent with the annual review of the status of religious freedom in foreign countries required under the IFRA, shall identify any non-state actors operating in a reviewed country or surrounding region that have engaged in particularly severe violations of religious freedom; (2) shall designate each such non-state actor as an entity of particular concern for religious freedom; (3) shall submit a report detailing the reasons for such designation; and (4) is urged to take specific actions against such non-state actors.

The bill expresses the sense of Congress that the State Department should work with Congress to create new political, financial, and diplomatic tools to address severe violations of religious freedom by non-state actors.

The President shall, with respect to each non-state actor designated as an entity of particular concern for religious freedom, determine the specific officials or members who are responsible for such violations.

(Sec. 302) The deadline for such annual review is changed from September 1 to not later than 90 days after a review is submitted.

(Sec. 303) The President's report on action taken in response to violations of religious freedom or on designation of a country as a country of particular concern for religious freedom shall include: (1) an evaluation of the impact on the advancement of U.S. interests in democracy, human rights, and security; and (2) a description of policy tools being applied in the country, including programs that target democratic stability, economic growth, and counter-terrorism.

(Sec. 304) The waiver of specified presidential actions subsequent to the designation of a country as a country of particular concern for religious freedom is limited to 180 days. The bill prescribes additional presidential waiver authority after such 180-period.

The bill expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) ongoing waivers do not fulfill the purposes of the IRFA; and (2) the President, the State Department, and other executive branch officials should find ways to address existing violations through presidential actions.

(Sec. 305) The bill directs the President to publish in the Federal Register: (1) any designation of a non-state actor as an entity of particular concern for religious freedom, and (2) the identities of individuals responsible for severe violations of religious freedom by non-state actors.

TITLE IV--PROMOTION OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

(Sec. 401) The bill expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the President should request sufficient appropriations to promote international religious freedom, and (2) preference for such assistance should be given to projects targeting religious freedom violations in watch list countries countries and in countries designated as countries of particular concern for religious freedom.

TITLE V--DESIGNATED PERSONS LIST FOR PARTICULARLY SEVERE VIOLATIONS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

(Sec. 501) The State Department shall establish the Designated Persons List for Particularly Severe Violations of Religious Freedom of foreign individuals who are sanctioned (through visa denials, financial sanctions, or other measures) for ordering or otherwise directing particularly severe violations of freedom religion. The State Department shall submit the initial list within 180 days and provide updates every 180 days.

TITLE VI--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

(Sec. 601) The bill express the sense of Congress that U.S. institutions of higher education operating campuses outside the United States or establishing educational entities with foreign governments, particularly with or in countries that engage in or tolerate severe violations of religious freedom, should adopt a voluntary code of operating conduct that should:

  • uphold the right of freedom of religion of their employees and students;
  • ensure that the religious views and peaceful practice of religion in no way affect the status of a worker's or faculty member's employment or a student's enrollment; and
  • make every effort in all negotiations, contracts, or memoranda of understanding engaged in with a foreign government to protect academic freedom and the rights enshrined in the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights.

The bill expresses the sense of Congress that the President's annual national security strategy report should (1) promote international religious freedom as a foreign policy and national security priority; (2) be a guide for the strategies and activities of relevant federal agencies, and (3) inform the Department of Defense quadrennial defense review and the Department of State Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.