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Titles (3)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Championing American Business Through Diplomacy Act of 2019

Short Titles as Introduced

Championing American Business Through Diplomacy Act of 2019

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To foster commercial relations with foreign countries and support United States economic and business interests abroad in the conduct of foreign policy, and for other purposes.

Actions Overview (2)

05/07/2019Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 400 - 16 (Roll no. 186).(text: CR H3459-3460)
03/13/2019Introduced in House

All Actions (13)

Date Chamber
05/08/2019SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
05/07/2019-7:14pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
05/07/2019-7:14pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 400 - 16 (Roll no. 186). (text: CR H3459-3460)
05/07/2019-7:07pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H3461-3462)
05/07/2019-4:28pmHouseAt the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
05/07/2019-4:19pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1704.
05/07/2019-4:19pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H3459-3461)
05/07/2019-4:19pmHouseMr. Sires moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
04/09/2019HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs
04/09/2019HouseCommittee Agreed to Seek Consideration Under Suspension of the Rules.
04/09/2019HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs
03/13/2019HouseReferred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
03/13/2019HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (7)

Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Foreign Affairs03/13/2019 Referred to
04/09/2019 Markup by
Senate Foreign Relations05/08/2019 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed House (05/07/2019)

Championing American Business Through Diplomacy Act of 2019

This bill establishes within the Department of State an Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Matters, and establishes that a principal duty of a diplomatic mission to a foreign country is the promotion of U.S. economic and commercial interests in that country.

The Assistant Secretary shall be responsible for matters relating to international economics and business matters in foreign policy.

The State Department shall train various Foreign Service officers, as part of their standard training, on matters including economic and commercial diplomacy, with a particular focus on market access, commercial advocacy, and increasing awareness of U.S. government assistance available to businesses.

The President shall initiate negotiations with countries to establish international standards for government-supported infrastructure investment overseas. The negotiations shall cover issues including the sovereignty of countries receiving investment, anti-corruption, and environmental standards.

The bill calls for various reports to Congress, including a State Department report about each mission's activities to promote U.S. economic and business interests, and a State Department and Department of Commerce report on commercial relations with foreign countries, including information on each country or region's political environment and investment climate.