Summary: H.R.3342 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (10/25/2017)

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Sanctioning Hizballah's Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act

(Sec. 3) This bill states that it shall be U.S. policy to condemn Hizballah's use of human shields as a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights and act against those that engage in such practice.

(Sec. 4) The President is urged to use U.S. influence at the United Nations Security Council to secure support for a resolution imposing multilateral sanctions against Hizballah for its use of human shields.

(Sec. 5) The President shall:

  • transmit to Congress and update a list of each foreign person or entity that is a member of, or acting on behalf of, Hizballah and that is responsible for, or complicit in, the use of human shields and each foreign person, entity, or instrumentality of a foreign state that has supported or facilitated such person or entity; and
  • impose U.S.-based property blocking and visa sanctions, including revocation of existing visas, against such person, entity, or instrumentality.

The President may waive the application of sanctions for up to 120 days if the President reports to Congress that such waiver is vital to national security interests.

(Sec. 6) The President shall report to Congress on whether the following persons or instrumentalities meet sanctions criteria: (1) the Secretary General of Hizballah; (2) members of the Hizballah Politburo; (3) other senior members of Hizballah or other associated entities as the President determines appropriate; and (4) any person, agency, or instrumentality of a foreign state that provides material support to Hizballah's use of civilian human shields.