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Titles (5)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

American SAFE Act of 2015
American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015

Short Titles as Introduced

American SAFE Act of 2015
American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To require that supplemental certifications and background investigations be completed prior to the admission of certain aliens as refugees, and for other purposes.

Actions Overview (2)

11/19/2015Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 289 - 137 (Roll no. 643).(text: CR H8381)
11/17/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (20)

Date Chamber
01/20/2016SenateCloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 55 - 43. Record Vote Number: 4. (consideration: CR S111; text: CR S111)
01/20/2016SenateMotion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (consideration: CR S111)
01/12/2016SenateCloture motion on the motion to proceed to the measure presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S63; text: CR S63)
01/12/2016SenateMotion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (consideration: CR S63)
11/19/2015SenateReceived in the Senate. Read the first time. Deemed read the second time, pursuant to the order of November 19, 2015. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 300.
11/19/2015-1:55pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11/19/2015-1:55pmHouseOn passage Passed by recorded vote: 289 - 137 (Roll no. 643). (text: CR H8381)
11/19/2015-1:45pmHouseOn motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 180 - 244 (Roll no. 642).
11/19/2015-1:20pmHouseThe previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H8399)
11/19/2015-1:11pmHouseFloor summary: DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Thompson (MS) motion to recommit with instructions pending a reservation of a point of order. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment requiring the Department of Homeland Security to have procedures in place to ensure that it has requisite information to confirm the identity of refugee applicants; authorizing a comprehensive review of refugees to identify security threats; requiring DHS to certify that a comprehensive review was undertaken; and providing for monthly DHS reports on refugee applications from Syria and Iraq and DHS Inspector General reviews of DHS certifications. Subsequently, the reservation of a point of order was withdrawn.
11/19/2015-1:11pmHouseMr. Thompson (MS) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary. (consideration: CR H8397-8399; text: CR H8397-8398)
11/19/2015-1:10pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H8397)
11/19/2015-11:38amHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 4038.
11/19/2015-11:38amHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 4038 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.
11/19/2015-11:38amHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 531. (consideration: CR H8381-8400)
11/19/2015-11:12amHouseRule H. Res. 531 passed House.
11/18/2015-8:25pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 531 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4038 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.
11/17/2015HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
11/17/2015HouseReferred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
11/17/2015HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (103)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8]* 11/17/2015
Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4] 11/18/2015
Rep. Ashford, Brad [D-NE-2] 11/18/2015
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42] 11/18/2015
Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] 11/18/2015
Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-6] 11/18/2015
Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] 11/18/2015
Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7] 11/18/2015
Rep. Guinta, Frank C. [R-NH-1] 11/18/2015
Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] 11/18/2015
Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3] 11/18/2015
Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12] 11/18/2015
Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14] 11/18/2015
Rep. Holding, George [R-NC-13] 11/18/2015
Rep. Neugebauer, Randy [R-TX-19] 11/18/2015
Rep. Hensarling, Jeb [R-TX-5] 11/18/2015
Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] 11/18/2015
Rep. Loudermilk, Barry [R-GA-11] 11/18/2015
Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] 11/18/2015
Rep. Meehan, Patrick [R-PA-7] 11/18/2015
Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] 11/18/2015
Rep. Gowdy, Trey [R-SC-4] 11/18/2015
Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] 11/18/2015
Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8] 11/18/2015
Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] 11/18/2015
Rep. Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [R-LA-3] 11/18/2015
Rep. Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27] 11/18/2015
Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6] 11/18/2015
Rep. Sanford, Mark [R-SC-1] 11/18/2015
Rep. Barton, Joe [R-TX-6] 11/18/2015
Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5] 11/18/2015
Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2] 11/18/2015
Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3] 11/18/2015
Rep. Turner, Michael R. [R-OH-10] 11/18/2015
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32] 11/18/2015
Rep. Ratcliffe, John [R-TX-4] 11/18/2015
Rep. Woodall, Rob [R-GA-7] 11/18/2015
Rep. Granger, Kay [R-TX-12] 11/18/2015
Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1] 11/18/2015
Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17] 11/18/2015
Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9] 11/18/2015
Rep. Walker, Mark [R-NC-6] 11/18/2015
Rep. Valadao, David G. [R-CA-21] 11/18/2015
Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2] 11/18/2015
Rep. Fleischmann, Charles J. "Chuck" [R-TN-3] 11/18/2015
Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] 11/18/2015
Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] 11/18/2015
Rep. Rooney, Thomas J. [R-FL-17] 11/18/2015
Rep. Harper, Gregg [R-MS-3] 11/18/2015
Rep. Zinke, Ryan K. [R-MT-At Large] 11/18/2015
Rep. Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV-3] 11/18/2015
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6] 11/18/2015
Rep. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND-At Large] 11/18/2015
Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] 11/18/2015
Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] 11/18/2015
Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6] 11/18/2015
Rep. Thornberry, Mac [R-TX-13] 11/18/2015
Rep. Nunes, Devin [R-CA-22] 11/18/2015
Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11] 11/18/2015
Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] 11/18/2015
Rep. Clawson, Curt [R-FL-19] 11/18/2015
Rep. Shuster, Bill [R-PA-9] 11/18/2015
Rep. Pitts, Joseph R. [R-PA-16] 11/18/2015
Rep. Abraham, Ralph Lee [R-LA-5] 11/18/2015
Rep. Crenshaw, Ander [R-FL-4] 11/18/2015
Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2] 11/18/2015
Rep. Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2] 11/18/2015
Rep. Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7] 11/18/2015
Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4] 11/18/2015
Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] 11/18/2015
Rep. Mica, John L. [R-FL-7] 11/18/2015
Rep. Shimkus, John [R-IL-15] 11/18/2015
Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2] 11/18/2015
Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11] 11/18/2015
Rep. Bishop, Mike [R-MI-8] 11/18/2015
Rep. Pompeo, Mike [R-KS-4] 11/18/2015
Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] 11/18/2015
Rep. Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1] 11/18/2015
Rep. Carter, John R. [R-TX-31] 11/18/2015
Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11] 11/18/2015
Rep. Benishek, Dan [R-MI-1] 11/18/2015
Rep. Gibson, Christopher P. [R-NY-19] 11/18/2015
Rep. Westerman, Bruce [R-AR-4] 11/18/2015
Rep. Womack, Steve [R-AR-3] 11/18/2015
Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1] 11/18/2015
Rep. Reed, Tom [R-NY-23] 11/18/2015
Rep. Kline, John [R-MN-2] 11/18/2015
Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large] 11/18/2015
Rep. Costello, Ryan A. [R-PA-6] 11/18/2015
Rep. Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [R-PA-8] 11/19/2015
Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4] 11/19/2015
Rep. Graves, Garret [R-LA-6] 11/19/2015
Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] 11/19/2015
Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27] 11/19/2015
Rep. DesJarlais, Scott [R-TN-4] 11/19/2015
Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15] 11/19/2015
Rep. Ellmers, Renee L. [R-NC-2] 11/19/2015
Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] 11/19/2015
Rep. Miller, Jeff [R-FL-1] 11/19/2015
Rep. Comstock, Barbara [R-VA-10] 11/19/2015
Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] 11/19/2015
Rep. Long, Billy [R-MO-7] 11/19/2015
Rep. Forbes, J. Randy [R-VA-4] 11/19/2015

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary11/17/2015 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security11/17/2015 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed House without amendment (11/19/2015)

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American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 or the American SAFE Act of 2015

(Sec. 2) This bill requires that, in addition to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) screening, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shall take all actions necessary to ensure that each covered alien receives a background investigation before U.S. refugee admission.

A "covered alien" is any alien applying for U.S. refugee admission who:

  • is a national or resident of Iraq or Syria,
  • has no nationality and whose last habitual residence was in Iraq or Syria, or
  • has been present in Iraq or Syria at any time on or after March 1, 2011.

A covered alien:

  • may not be admitted as a refugee until the FBI certifies to DHS and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) that he or she has received a background investigation sufficient to determine whether the alien is a U.S. security threat; and
  • may only be admitted to the United States after DHS, with the unanimous concurrence of the FBI and the DNI, certifies to Congress that he or she is not such a threat.

The Inspector General of DHS shall conduct annual risk-based reviews of all certifications.

DHS shall report monthly to Congress on the total number of admission applications for which a certification was made and the number of covered aliens for whom such a certification was not made for the preceding month. The report shall include for each covered alien for whom a certification was not made the concurrence or nonconcurrence of each person whose concurrence was required by the certification.