Text: H.R.5824 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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114th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5824


To provide that it shall be unlawful for foreign nationals of a country that limits the free exercise of religion in that country to make any expenditure in the United States to promote a religion in the United States, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 14, 2016

Mr. Brat introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To provide that it shall be unlawful for foreign nationals of a country that limits the free exercise of religion in that country to make any expenditure in the United States to promote a religion in the United States, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Religious Freedom International Reciprocity Enhancement Act” or the “Religious FIRE Act”.

SEC. 2. Reciprocity Enforcement Regarding Religious Freedom.

(a) In general.—It shall be unlawful for a foreign national of a country that limits the free exercise of religion in that country to make any expenditure in the United States to promote a religion.

(b) Forfeiture.—Any asset consisting of such an expenditure or the proceeds of such an expenditure is subject to forfeiture to the United States. The Attorney General may, upon probable cause, seize any such asset and in a civil action obtain its forfeiture to the United States.

(c) Definitions.—In this section—

(1) the term “country that limits the free exercise of religion” means a country designated as such by the Secretary of State acting through the Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; and

(2) the term “expenditure to promote a religion” includes the funding and practice of religious services, religious education, evangelical outreach, and publication and dissemination of religious literature.