H.R.3364 – Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act

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H.R.3364 – Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act

Brief

The bill states its purpose “To provide congressional review and to counter aggression by the Governments of Iran, the Russian Federation, and North Korea, and for other purposes.”

To that end –

H.R.3364 – Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act

Brief

The bill states its purpose “To provide congressional review and to counter aggression by the Governments of Iran, the Russian Federation, and North Korea, and for other purposes.”

To that end –

Iran.

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, and every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Director of National Intelligence shall jointly develop and submit to the appropriate congressional committees and leadership a strategy for deterring conventional and asymmetric Iranian activities and threats that directly threaten the United States and key allies in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond.

Sanctions are added regarding anyone involved in Iran’s ballistic missile system that would tie up any assets in the US and would refuse a US visa.

More sanctions are added against anyone responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights committed against individuals in Iran who seek to expose illegal activity carried out by officials of the Government of Iran; or  to obtain, exercise, defend, or promote internationally recognized human rights and freedoms, such as the freedoms of religion, expression, association, and assembly, and the rights to a fair trial and democratic elections

Reports are due on coordination of sanctions between the United States and the European Union and US citizens detained by Iran.

The President may waive, on a case-by-case basis and for a period of not more than 180 days, a requirement to impose or maintain sanctions with respect to a person, and may waive the continued imposition of such sanctions, not less than 30 days after the President determines and reports to the appropriate congressional committees that it is vital to the national security interests of the United States to waive such sanctions.

Russia

Sanction on Russia are increased under the bill that first codifies current sanctions, and imposes sanctions from Russia undermining cybersecurity, some crude oil projects, to involvement in foreign financial institutions and general corruption in the Russian Federation including human rights violations.

More specifically the sanctions would be levied on individuals engaging in transactions with the intelligence or defense sectors of the Government of the Russian Federation, pipeline development in Russia, state-owned assets, the transfer of arms to Syria.

The bill also establishes US policy regarding Russian influence in Europe and Eurasia and countering those threats.

Combatting terrorist financing

The bill give much authority to the US Treasury to monitoring funds transfers and international cooperation to counter terror financing.

North Korea

The bill supports sanctions to enforce and implement United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea and aims to end or limit assistance to governments that are noncompliant regarding North Korea’s missile program and threats.

Other sanctions aim at forced labor and slavery of overseas North Koreans.

Iran

Already the subject to sanctions the bill aims to counter Iran’s ‘destabilizing activities by establishing a regional strategy for countering such threats in the Middle East and North Africa. Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, and every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Director of National Intelligence shall jointly develop and submit to the appropriate congressional committees and leadership a strategy for deterring conventional and asymmetric Iranian activities and threats that directly threaten the United States and key allies in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond.

 

(Full text of H.R. 3364 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] (Introduced 07/24/2017)

Status: Passed House /

VOTES and FLOOR ACTION

HOUSE

On Passage: Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 419 – 3 (Roll no. 413).

House Amendments:

House amendments here

Motion to recommit:

Text of the motion:

SENATE

On Passage:

Procedural Actions:

Senate Amendments:

COST AND IMPACT

Cost to the taxpayers:  Data not available

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Data not available

Regulatory and Other Impact: Data not available

Dynamic Scoring:   Data not available

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.

 

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