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                     One Hundred Fifteenth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America

                          AT THE SECOND SESSION

         Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
           the third day of January, two thousand and eighteen

                                 An Act

 To require reporting on acts of certain foreign countries on Holocaust 
                     era assets and related issues.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,
    This Act may be cited as the ``Justice for Uncompensated Survivors 
Today (JUST) Act of 2017''.
    (a) Definitions.--In this section:
        (1) Appropriate congressional committees.--The term 
    ``appropriate congressional committees'' means--
            (A) the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate;
            (B) the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate;
            (C) the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of 
        Representatives; and
            (D) the Committee on Appropriations of the House of 
        (2) Covered countries.--The term ``covered countries'' means 
    participants in the 2009 Holocaust Era Assets Conference that are 
    determined by the Secretary of State, or the Secretary's designee, 
    in consultation with expert nongovernmental organizations, to be 
    countries of particular concern relative to the issues listed in 
    subsection (b).
        (3) Wrongfully seized or transferred.--The term ``wrongfully 
    seized or transferred'' includes confiscations, expropriations, 
    nationalizations, forced sales or transfers, and sales or transfers 
    under duress during the Holocaust era or the period of Communist 
    rule of a covered country.
    (b) Report.--Not later than 18 months after the date of the 
enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall submit a report to 
the appropriate congressional committees that assesses and describes 
the nature and extent of national laws and enforceable policies of 
covered countries regarding the identification and the return of or 
restitution for wrongfully seized or transferred Holocaust era assets 
consistent with, and evaluated with respect to, the goals and 
objectives of the 2009 Holocaust Era Assets Conference, including--
        (1) the return to the rightful owner of any property, including 
    religious or communal property, that was wrongfully seized or 
        (2) if return of any property described in paragraph (1) is no 
    longer possible, the provision of comparable substitute property or 
    the payment of equitable compensation to the rightful owner in 
    accordance with principles of justice and through an expeditious 
    claims-driven administrative process that is just, transparent, and 
        (3) in the case of heirless property, the provision of property 
    or compensation to assist needy Holocaust survivors, to support 
    Holocaust education, and for other purposes;
        (4) the extent to which such laws and policies are implemented 
    and enforced in practice, including through any applicable 
    administrative or judicial processes; and
        (5) to the extent practicable, the mechanism for and an 
    overview of progress toward the resolution of claims for United 
    States citizen Holocaust survivors and United States citizen family 
    members of Holocaust victims.
    (c) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that after the 
submission of the report described in subsection (b), the Secretary of 
State should continue to report to Congress on Holocaust era assets and 
related issues in a manner that is consistent with the manner in which 
the Department of State reported on such matters before the date of the 
enactment of the Act.

                               Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                            Vice President of the United States and    
                                               President of the Senate.