Category Archives: Foreign Affairs

H.Res.354 – Condemning the violence against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on May 16, 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending May 26, 2017 H.Res.354 – Condemning the violence against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on May 16, 2017, and calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future. Brief – RESOLUTION Condemning  the  violence  against  peaceful  protesters  […]

H.R.1625 – TARGET Act

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending May 26, 2017 H.R.1625 – TARGET Act Brief – The bill amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to include severe forms of trafficking in persons within the definition of transnational organized crime for purposes of the rewards program of the Department of State. Congress finds that trafficking in […]

Syria

Syria Background Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French administered the area as Syria until granting it independence in 1946. The new country lacked political stability and experienced a series of military coups. Syria united with Egypt in February 1958 […]

H.R.2281 – Border Enforcement Security Task Force Reauthorization Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending May 19, 2017 H.R.2281 – Border Enforcement Security Task Force Reauthorization Act of 2017  Brief – The bill reauthorizes the Border Enforcement Security Task Force program (BEST) within the Department of Homeland Security. BEST was created to establish units to enhance border security by addressing and reducing border security threats and […]

H.R.2213 – Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending May 19, 2017 H.R.2213 – Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017  Brief – The bill concerns itself with hiring border enforcement personnel to specify allowing the hiring of officers. As such; In the case of a current full-time law enforcement officer employed by a State of local law enforcement agency if […]

H.R.1677 – Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending May 19, 2017 H.R.1677 – Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017 Brief – CBO explains; “H.R. 1677 would require the Departments of State and the Treasury to impose sanctions on people and entities responsible for the security and humanitarian crisis in Syria or persons who engage in certain transactions with […]

H.R.672 – Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending May 19, 2017 H.R.672 – Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017 Brief – The bill aims “To require continued and enhanced annual reporting to Congress in the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, the safety and security of European Jewish communities, and the efforts of the […]

H.R.1644 – Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending May 5, 2017 H.R.1644 – Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act Brief – The Congressional Research Service summarizes the bill – “This bill amends the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 to modify and increase the President’s authority to impose sanctions on persons in violation of certain […]

H.Res.187 – Relating to efforts to respond to the famine in South Sudan.

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending April 28, 2016 H.Res.187 – Relating to efforts to respond to the famine in South Sudan. Brief – RESOLUTION Relating to efforts to respond to the famine in South Sudan. Whereas, on February 20, 2017, famine was formally declared in parts of South Sudan; Whereas South Sudan is the world’s newest […]

H.R.534 – U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending April 28, 2016 H.R.534 – U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act Brief – The bill aims “To require the Secretary of State to take such actions as may be necessary for the United States to rejoin the Bureau of International Expositions, and for other purposes.” Not later than […]