In the News

News Update

February 18, 2015

By Kay Jacobson, News and Policy Associate

Sri Lanka: The country’s newly-elected leader has been granted a 6-month delay in the release of a United Nations report on the war crimes of the 2009 civil war, which included the killing of 40,000 Tamils. Mr. Sirisena, the current president, does not deny the human rights violations but has requested the delay in order to develop a justice system to manage the legal proceedings. The delay will also allow for more information to be gathered to support the individual cases.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: The United Nations recently ended its peacekeeping mission in the Congo when the Congolese Foreign Minister failed to remove two generals responsible for extensive human rights abuses in the region. The mission, known as MONUSCO, has been working with the Congolese army to support their fight against Rwandan and other rebel groups.

Sudan: Human Rights Watch recently released a report documenting the rape of over 200 women and girls in Darfur by Sudanese soldiers in 2014. When the information initially surfaced, the cases were dismissed for a lack of evidence. Current Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is accused of genocide by the International Criminal Court for his ongoing involvement in the decade-long conflict. Despite these accusations, Bashir has not been taken into custody yet and human rights violations abound in the region.

Nepal: The nation has established two commissions to address both state-led and Maoist rebel-led war crimes and human rights abuses that have occurred over a decade of unrest. The commissions were modeled after South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and will be used to investigate rights violations during the conflict as well as the forced disappearances of over 1,300 people. Human rights advocates, however, have expressed doubt in the commission’s ability to provide tangible justice.

United States: Former CIA agent and critic John Kiriakou was recently released to house arrest after spending two years in prison for exposing Bush-era torture techniques that could be tried as war crimes. Further details on the “enhanced interrogation” techniques were exposed in December 2014 when the Senate Intelligence Committee released its torture report. Despite Kiriakou’s release from prison, he has expressed very little hope that any justice will extend to high-ranking officials who perpetrated unlawful torture.

Chad: After a 19-month investigation, Hissène Habré, former Chadian president from 1982-1990, will stand trial for crimes against humanity by the newly-created Extraordinary African Chambers. With thousands dead from his rule, the trial will be Africa’s first case that will be prosecuted under “universal jurisdiction” in which any nation can prosecute the offender.

 

Legislative Update

February 18, 2015

Discrimination:

 H.RES.105 : Calling for the protection of religious minority rights and freedoms worldwide.

Sponsor: Rep Bridenstine, Jim [OK-1] (introduced 2/11/2015)

Cosponsors: Rep Walberg, Tim [MI-7] – 2/11/2015
Committees: House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

 

S.439 : A bill to end discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced 2/10/2015)

Cosponsors:

Sen Baldwin, Tammy [WI] – 2/10/2015
Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO] – 2/10/2015
Sen Booker, Cory A. [NJ] – 2/11/2015
Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] – 2/10/2015
Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] – 2/10/2015
Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] – 2/10/2015
Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] – 2/10/2015
Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] – 2/10/2015
Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] – 2/11/2015
Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD] – 2/10/2015
Sen Murray, Patty [WA] – 2/10/2015
Sen Peters, Gary C. [MI] – 2/10/2015
Sen Schatz, Brian [HI] – 2/10/2015
Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] – 2/10/2015
Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] – 2/10/2015
Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] – 2/12/2015
Sen Udall, Tom [NM] – 2/10/2015
Sen Warren, Elizabeth [MA] – 2/10/2015
Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] – 2/10/2015
Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] – 2/10/2015
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

H.R.846 : To end discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] (introduced 2/10/2015)

Cosponsors:

Rep Becerra, Xavier [CA-34] – 2/13/2015
Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] – 2/12/2015
Rep Cardenas, Tony [CA-29] – 2/12/2015
Rep Carson, Andre [IN-7] – 2/13/2015
Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] – 2/12/2015
Rep Cicilline, David N. [RI-1] – 2/12/2015
Rep Clark, Katherine M. [MA-5] – 2/12/2015
Rep Clyburn, James E. [SC-6] – 2/12/2015
Rep Cooper, Jim [TN-5] – 2/12/2015
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-14] – 2/13/2015
Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] – 2/12/2015
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] – 2/12/2015
Rep Delaney, John K. [MD-6] – 2/12/2015
Rep DelBene, Suzan K. [WA-1] – 2/13/2015
Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] – 2/12/2015
Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] – 2/12/2015
Rep Foster, Bill [IL-11] – 2/12/2015
Rep Frankel, Lois [FL-22] – 2/12/2015
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] – 2/12/2015
Rep Hoyer, Steny H. [MD-5] – 2/13/2015
Rep Kilmer, Derek [WA-6] – 2/13/2015
Rep Kuster, Ann M. [NH-2] – 2/12/2015
Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] – 2/12/2015
Rep Lieu, Ted [CA-33] – 2/12/2015
Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] – 2/12/2015
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-12] – 2/12/2015
Rep Maloney, Sean Patrick [NY-18] – 2/12/2015
Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] – 2/13/2015
Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] – 2/12/2015
Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-5] – 2/13/2015
Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] – 2/12/2015
Rep Murphy, Patrick [FL-18] – 2/12/2015
Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-10] – 2/12/2015
Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-32] – 2/12/2015
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] – 2/12/2015
Rep Peters, Scott H. [CA-52] – 2/12/2015
Rep Pingree, Chellie [ME-1] – 2/12/2015
Rep Pocan, Mark [WI-2] – 2/12/2015
Rep Quigley, Mike [IL-5] – 2/12/2015
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13] – 2/12/2015
Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-27] – 2/10/2015
Rep Sarbanes, John P. [MD-3] – 2/12/2015
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] – 2/12/2015
Rep Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [VA-3] – 2/10/2015
Rep Sinema, Kyrsten [AZ-9] – 2/12/2015
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] – 2/12/2015
Rep Swalwell, Eric [CA-15] – 2/13/2015
Rep Takano, Mark [CA-41] – 2/12/2015
Rep Tsongas, Niki [MA-3] – 2/12/2015
Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] – 2/12/2015
Rep Welch, Peter [VT] – 2/13/2015
Rep Wilson, Frederica S. [FL-24] – 2/12/2015
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

 

H.R.864 : To amend title 28, United States Code, to prohibit the exclusion of individuals from service on a Federal jury on account of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Sponsor: Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] (introduced 2/11/2015)

Cosponsors:

Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] – 2/12/2015
Rep Chu, Judy [CA-27] – 2/12/2015
Rep Delaney, John K. [MD-6] – 2/12/2015
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] – 2/12/2015
Rep Peters, Scott H. [CA-52] – 2/12/2015
Rep Pocan, Mark [WI-2] – 2/11/2015
Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-14] – 2/12/2015
Rep Swalwell, Eric [CA-15] – 2/12/2015
Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] – 2/12/2015
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

 

S.RES.69 : A resolution calling for the protection of religious minority rights and freedoms worldwide.
Sponsor: Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] (introduced 2/5/2015)

Cosponsors:

Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] – 2/9/2015
Sen Boozman, John [AR] – 2/5/2015
Sen King, Angus S., Jr. [ME] – 2/5/2015
Sen Lankford, James [OK] – 2/5/2015
Sen Portman, Rob [OH] – 2/5/2015
Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] – 2/5/2015
Sen Scott, Tim [SC] – 2/9/2015
Sen Sessions, Jeff [AL] – 2/9/2015
Sen Thune, John [SD] – 2/5/2015
Sen Wicker, Roger F. [MS] – 2/5/2015
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

 

H.R.671 : To award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Freedom Riders, collectively, in recognition of their unique contribution to Civil Rights, which inspired a revolutionary movement for equality in interstate travel.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [GA-4] (introduced 2/3/2015)

Cosponsors

Rep Adams, Alma S. [NC-12] – 2/3/2015
Rep Bass, Karen [CA-37] – 2/3/2015
Rep Beatty, Joyce [OH-3] – 2/3/2015
Rep Bera, Ami [CA-7] – 2/3/2015
Rep Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [VA-8] – 2/3/2015
Rep Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [GA-2] – 2/3/2015
Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] – 2/3/2015
Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] – 2/3/2015
Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Brooks, Mo [AL-5] – 2/3/2015
Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-5] – 2/3/2015
Rep Brownley, Julia [CA-26] – 2/3/2015
Rep Bustos, Cheri [IL-17] – 2/3/2015
Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-7] – 2/3/2015
Rep Cardenas, Tony [CA-29] – 2/3/2015
Rep Carson, Andre [IN-7] – 2/3/2015
Rep Castor, Kathy [FL-14] – 2/3/2015
Rep Chu, Judy [CA-27] – 2/3/2015
Rep Cicilline, David N. [RI-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Clark, Katherine M. [MA-5] – 2/3/2015
Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-9] – 2/3/2015
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] – 2/3/2015
Rep Clyburn, James E. [SC-6] – 2/3/2015
Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] – 2/3/2015
Rep Collins, Doug [GA-9] – 2/3/2015
Rep Connolly, Gerald E. [VA-11] – 2/3/2015
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] – 2/3/2015
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-14] – 2/3/2015
Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] – 2/3/2015
Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] – 2/3/2015
Rep Davis, Rodney [IL-13] – 2/3/2015
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] – 2/3/2015
Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep DelBene, Suzan K. [WA-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Deutch, Theodore E. [FL-21] – 2/3/2015
Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-35] – 2/3/2015
Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-14] – 2/3/2015
Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] – 2/3/2015
Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] – 2/3/2015
Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-18] – 2/3/2015
Rep Esty, Elizabeth H. [CT-5] – 2/3/2015
Rep Farr, Sam [CA-20] – 2/3/2015
Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] – 2/3/2015
Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-8] – 2/3/2015
Rep Fudge, Marcia L. [OH-11] – 2/3/2015
Rep Garamendi, John [CA-3] – 2/3/2015
Rep Green, Al [TX-9] – 2/3/2015
Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] – 2/3/2015
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-3] – 2/3/2015
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] – 2/3/2015
Rep Hahn, Janice [CA-44] – 2/3/2015
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-20] – 2/3/2015
Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-26] – 2/3/2015
Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [TX-15] – 2/3/2015
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] – 2/3/2015
Rep Israel, Steve [NY-3] – 2/3/2015
Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] – 2/3/2015
Rep Jeffries, Hakeem S. [NY-8] – 2/3/2015
Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] – 2/3/2015
Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] – 2/3/2015
Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] – 2/3/2015
Rep Kelly, Robin L. [IL-2] – 2/3/2015
Rep Kilmer, Derek [WA-6] – 2/3/2015
Rep Kirkpatrick, Ann [AZ-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Kuster, Ann M. [NH-2] – 2/3/2015
Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] – 2/3/2015
Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Lawrence, Brenda L. [MI-14] – 2/3/2015
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-13] – 2/3/2015
Rep Levin, Sander M. [MI-9] – 2/3/2015
Rep Lieu, Ted [CA-33] – 2/3/2015
Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] – 2/3/2015
Rep Love, Mia B. [UT-4] – 2/3/2015
Rep Lowenthal, Alan S. [CA-47] – 2/3/2015
Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] – 2/3/2015
Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-8] – 2/3/2015
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-12] – 2/3/2015
Rep Maloney, Sean Patrick [NY-18] – 2/3/2015
Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] – 2/3/2015
Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] – 2/3/2015
Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-2] – 2/3/2015
Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-9] – 2/3/2015
Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-5] – 2/3/2015
Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] – 2/3/2015
Rep Murphy, Patrick [FL-18] – 2/3/2015
Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-10] – 2/3/2015
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] – 2/3/2015
Rep Nunnelee, Alan [MS-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep O’Rourke, Beto [TX-16] – 2/3/2015
Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-9] – 2/3/2015
Rep Payne, Donald M., Jr. [NJ-10] – 2/3/2015
Rep Peters, Scott H. [CA-52] – 2/3/2015
Rep Pierluisi, Pedro R. [PR] – 2/3/2015
Rep Pingree, Chellie [ME-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] – 2/3/2015
Rep Plaskett, Stacey E. [VI] – 2/3/2015
Rep Pocan, Mark [WI-2] – 2/3/2015
Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] – 2/3/2015
Rep Quigley, Mike [IL-5] – 2/3/2015
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13] – 2/3/2015
Rep Rice, Kathleen M. [NY-4] – 2/3/2015
Rep Richmond, Cedric L. [LA-2] – 2/3/2015
Rep Rigell, E. Scott [VA-2] – 2/3/2015
Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-48] – 2/3/2015
Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-40] – 2/3/2015
Rep Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [MD-2] – 2/3/2015
Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Sanchez, Loretta [CA-46] – 2/3/2015
Rep Sarbanes, John P. [MD-3] – 2/3/2015
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] – 2/3/2015
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-28] – 2/3/2015
Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] – 2/3/2015
Rep Scott, David [GA-13] – 2/3/2015
Rep Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [VA-3] – 2/3/2015
Rep Sewell, Terri A. [AL-7] – 2/3/2015
Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-30] – 2/3/2015
Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-8] – 2/3/2015
Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-25] – 2/3/2015
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] – 2/3/2015
Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-14] – 2/3/2015
Rep Swalwell, Eric [CA-15] – 2/3/2015
Rep Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2] – 2/3/2015
Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-5] – 2/3/2015
Rep Titus, Dina [NV-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Tonko, Paul [NY-20] – 2/3/2015
Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] – 2/3/2015
Rep Vargas, Juan [CA-51] – 2/3/2015
Rep Veasey, Marc A. [TX-33] – 2/3/2015
Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-23] – 2/3/2015
Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-43] – 2/3/2015
Rep Watson Coleman, Bonnie [NJ-12] – 2/3/2015
Rep Wilson, Frederica S. [FL-24] – 2/3/2015
Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] – 2/3/2015
Committees: House Financial Services; House Administration
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

 

H.R.684 : Non-Disparagement of Native American Persons or Peoples in Trademark Registration Act of 2015: To amend the Trademark Act of 1946 regarding

the disparagement of Native American persons or peoples through marks that use the term “redskin”, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] (introduced 2/3/2015)

Cosponsors:

Rep Bass, Karen [CA-37] – 2/3/2015
Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] – 2/3/2015
Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-5] – 2/3/2015
Rep Cardenas, Tony [CA-29] – 2/3/2015
Rep Carson, Andre [IN-7] – 2/3/2015
Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-9] – 2/3/2015
Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] – 2/3/2015
Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] – 2/3/2015
Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-18] – 2/4/2015
Rep Fudge, Marcia L. [OH-11] – 2/3/2015
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-3] – 2/3/2015
Rep Huffman, Jared [CA-2] – 2/4/2015
Rep Kilmer, Derek [WA-6] – 2/3/2015
Rep Kirkpatrick, Ann [AZ-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-13] – 2/3/2015
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] – 2/3/2015
Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-19] – 2/3/2015
Rep Lowenthal, Alan S. [CA-47] – 2/12/2015
Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] – 2/3/2015
Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] – 2/3/2015
Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] – 2/3/2015
Rep Nolan, Richard M. [MN-8] – 2/3/2015
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] – 2/3/2015
Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6] – 2/4/2015
Rep Pocan, Mark [WI-2] – 2/3/2015
Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-25] – 2/3/2015
Rep Takai, Mark [HI-1] – 2/3/2015
Rep Takano, Mark [CA-41] – 2/3/2015
Rep Vargas, Juan [CA-51] – 2/3/2015
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Peace and Conflict:

 S.RES.68 : A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the January 24, 2015, attacks carried out by Russian-backed rebels on the civilian population in Mariupol, Ukraine, and the provision of lethal and non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine.

Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Ron [WI] (introduced 2/4/2015)

Cosponsors:

Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] – 2/4/2015
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

 

H.J.RES.30 : Comprehensive Solution to ISIL Resolution: To require a strategy and report to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-13] (introduced 2/10/2015)

Cosponsors:

Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] – 2/10/2015
Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] – 2/10/2015
Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] – 2/10/2015
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-3] – 2/10/2015
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] – 2/10/2015
Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-10] – 2/10/2015
Rep Nolan, Richard M. [MN-8] – 2/12/2015
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

 

H.CON.RES.13 : Expressing the sense of Congress that the radical Islamic movement in Afghanistan known as the Taliban should be recognized officially as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States Government.

Sponsor: Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] (introduced 2/3/2015)

Cosponsors:

Rep Babin, Brian [TX-36] – 2/13/2015
Rep Barr, Andy [KY-6] – 2/4/2015
Rep Brooks, Mo [AL-5] – 2/4/2015
Rep Bucshon, Larry [IN-8] – 2/4/2015
Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] – 2/4/2015
Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] – 2/4/2015
Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] – 2/4/2015
Rep Duncan, Jeff [SC-3] – 2/5/2015
Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-8] – 2/4/2015
Rep Gosar, Paul A. [AZ-4] – 2/5/2015
Rep Harris, Andy [MD-1] – 2/4/2015
Rep Jenkins, Evan H. [WV-3] – 2/10/2015
Rep Lamborn, Doug [CO-5] – 2/4/2015
Rep Latta, Robert E. [OH-5] – 2/10/2015
Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] – 2/5/2015
Rep Mooney, Alexander X. [WV-2] – 2/10/2015
Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] – 2/4/2015
Rep Pittenger, Robert [NC-9] – 2/4/2015
Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] – 2/4/2015
Rep Scott, Austin [GA-8] – 2/5/2015
Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] – 2/4/2015
Rep Tipton, Scott R. [CO-3] – 2/4/2015
Rep Walorski, Jackie [IN-2] – 2/4/2015
Rep Weber, Randy K., Sr. [TX-14] – 2/10/2015
Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] – 2/4/2015
Rep Wittman, Robert J. [VA-1] – 2/11/2015
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.RES.104 : Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the President should provide Congress with a detailed deployment and troop commitment plan prior to approval for authorization to commit United States Armed Forces to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Sponsor: Rep Pearce, Stevan [NM-2] (introduced 2/11/2015)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

H.RES.111 : Calling on the Government of Iran to immediately release Saeed Abedini and all other individuals detained on account of their religious beliefs.
Sponsor: Rep Pittenger, Robert [NC-9] (introduced 2/13/2015)

Cosponsors:

Rep Frankel, Lois [FL-22] – 2/13/2015
Rep Vargas, Juan [CA-51] – 2/13/2015
Rep Walker, Mark [NC-6] – 2/13/2015
Committees: House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

 

S.RES.65 : A resolution supporting efforts to bring an end to violence perpetrated by Boko Haram, and urging the Government of Nigeria to conduct transparent, peaceful, and credible elections.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 2/4/2015)

Cosponsors:

Sen Boozman, John [AR] – 2/4/2015
Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] – 2/4/2015
Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] – 2/4/2015
Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] – 2/4/2015
Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] – 2/12/2015
Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] – 2/4/2015
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

 

S.RES.72 : A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the January 24, 2015, attacks carried out by Russian-backed rebels on the civilian population in Mariupol, Ukraine, and the provision of lethal and non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine.
Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Ron [WI] (introduced 2/10/2015)

Cosponsors:

Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH] – 2/10/2015
Sen Barrasso, John [WY] – 2/10/2015
Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] – 2/10/2015
Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] – 2/10/2015
Sen Corker, Bob [TN] – 2/10/2015
Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] – 2/10/2015
Sen Gardner, Cory [CO] – 2/10/2015
Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC] – 2/10/2015
Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] – 2/10/2015
Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] – 2/10/2015
Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] – 2/10/2015
Sen McCain, John [AZ] – 2/10/2015
Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] – 2/10/2015
Sen Murphy, Christopher S. [CT] – 2/10/2015
Sen Portman, Rob [OH] – 2/10/2015
Sen Risch, James E. [ID] – 2/10/2015
Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] – 2/10/2015
Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] – 2/10/2015
Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] – 2/10/2015
Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] – 2/10/2015
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

 

S.452 : A bill to provide lethal weapons to the Government of Ukraine in order to defend itself against Russian-backed rebel separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Sponsor: Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] (introduced 2/11/2015)

Cosponsors:

Sen Boozman, John [AR] – 2/11/2015
Sen Capito, Shelley Moore [WV] – 2/11/2015
Sen Cornyn, John [TX] – 2/11/2015
Sen Cotton, Tom [AR] – 2/11/2015
Sen Cruz, Ted [TX] – 2/11/2015
Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] – 2/11/2015
Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] – 2/11/2015
Sen Portman, Rob [OH] – 2/11/2015
Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] – 2/11/2015
Sen Rounds, Mike [SD] – 2/11/2015
Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] – 2/11/2015
Sen Sessions, Jeff [AL] – 2/11/2015
Sen Thune, John [SD] – 2/11/2015
Sen Tillis, Thom [NC] – 2/11/2015
Sen Vitter, David [LA] – 2/11/2015
Sen Wicker, Roger F. [MS] – 2/11/2015
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

 

S.525 : A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151 et seq.) to reform the Food for Peace Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Corker, Bob [TN] (introduced 2/12/2015)

Cosponsors:

Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] – 2/12/2015
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

 

H.R.955 : To authorize assistance and sustainment to the military and national security forces of Ukraine.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] (introduced 2/12/2015)

Cosponsors:

Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1] – 2/12/2015
Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] – 2/12/2015
Rep Bridenstine, Jim [OK-1] – 2/12/2015
Rep Byrne, Bradley [AL-1] – 2/12/2015
Rep Coffman, Mike [CO-6] – 2/12/2015
Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] – 2/12/2015
Rep Cook, Paul [CA-8] – 2/12/2015
Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-8] – 2/12/2015
Rep Gabbard, Tulsi [HI-2] – 2/12/2015
Rep Hartzler, Vicky [MO-4] – 2/12/2015
Rep Hunter, Duncan D. [CA-50] – 2/12/2015
Rep Kline, John [MN-2] – 2/12/2015
Rep Lamborn, Doug [CO-5] – 2/12/2015
Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] – 2/12/2015
Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] – 2/12/2015
Rep Nugent, Richard B. [FL-11] – 2/12/2015
Rep Nunes, Devin [CA-22] – 2/12/2015
Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-9] – 2/12/2015
Rep Rogers, Mike D. [AL-3] – 2/12/2015
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-28] – 2/12/2015
Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] – 2/12/2015
Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-10] – 2/12/2015
Rep Walorski, Jackie [IN-2] – 2/12/2015
Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] – 2/12/2015
Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] – 2/12/2015
Rep Zinke, Ryan K. [MT] – 2/12/2015
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

 

H.R.751 : Bringing Terrorists to Justice Act: To require the Secretary of State to offer rewards for information on the kidnapping and murder of James Foley, Peter Kassig, Steven Sotloff, or the kidnapping and murder of any other citizen of the United States by a foreign terrorist organization.
Sponsor: Rep Gosar, Paul A. [AZ-4] (introduced 2/5/2015)

Cosponsors:

Rep Babin, Brian [TX-36] – 2/5/2015
Rep Blum, Rod [IA-1] – 2/5/2015
Rep Brooks, Mo [AL-5] – 2/5/2015
Rep Carson, Andre [IN-7] – 2/13/2015
Rep Clawson, Curt [FL-19] – 2/5/2015
Rep Cook, Paul [CA-8] – 2/5/2015
Rep DeSantis, Ron [FL-6] – 2/5/2015
Rep Duncan, Jeff [SC-3] – 2/5/2015
Rep Farenthold, Blake [TX-27] – 2/5/2015
Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-8] – 2/5/2015
Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1] – 2/5/2015
Rep Kirkpatrick, Ann [AZ-1] – 2/10/2015
Rep Kuster, Ann M. [NH-2] – 2/5/2015
Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] – 2/5/2015
Rep McSally, Martha [AZ-2] – 2/5/2015
Rep Palazzo, Steven M. [MS-4] – 2/5/2015
Rep Pittenger, Robert [NC-9] – 2/10/2015
Rep Ribble, Reid J. [WI-8] – 2/13/2015
Rep Rigell, E. Scott [VA-2] – 2/10/2015
Rep Salmon, Matt [AZ-5] – 2/5/2015
Rep Schweikert, David [AZ-6] – 2/11/2015
Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-30] – 2/5/2015
Rep Stewart, Chris [UT-2] – 2/5/2015
Rep Weber, Randy K., Sr. [TX-14] – 2/5/2015
Rep Yoho, Ted S. [FL-3] – 2/10/2015
Rep Zinke, Ryan K. [MT] – 2/5/2015
Committees: House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

 

H.R.757 : North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015: To improve the enforcement of sanctions against the Government of North Korea, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-39] (introduced 2/5/2015)

Cosponsors:

Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-16] – 2/5/2015
Rep Gabbard, Tulsi [HI-2] – 2/10/2015
Rep Keating, William R. [MA-9] – 2/5/2015
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] – 2/5/2015
Rep Salmon, Matt [AZ-5] – 2/5/2015
Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-30] – 2/5/2015
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Ways and Means; House Judiciary; House Financial Services; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, the Judiciary, Financial Services, and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

 

Civil Liberties:

 H.R.814 : To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide additional aggravating factors for the imposition of the death penalty based on the status of the victim.

Sponsor: Rep Jolly, David W. [FL-13] (introduced 2/9/2015)

Cosponsors:

Rep Cook, Paul [CA-8] – 2/10/2015
Rep Cramer, Kevin [ND] – 2/11/2015
Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] – 2/12/2015
Rep Mooney, Alexander X. [WV-2] – 2/10/2015
Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] – 2/10/2015
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.RES.96 : Honoring the life of Trayvon Martin, urging the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws, and calling on the United States Government to address the crisis of racial profiling.
Sponsor: Rep Wilson, Frederica S. [FL-24] (introduced 2/5/2015)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.997 : To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States, pursuant to Congress’ powers to provide for the general welfare of the United States and to establish a uniform rule of naturalization under article I, section 8, of the Constitution.
Sponsor: Rep King, Steve [IA-4] (introduced 2/13/2015)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Human Trafficking:

 S.RES.81 : A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that children trafficked for sex in the United States should not be treated or regarded as child prostitutes because there is no such thing as a “child prostitute”, only children who are victims or survivors of rape and sex trafficking.

Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 2/12/2015)

Cosponsors:

Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] – 2/12/2015
Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] – 2/12/2015
Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] – 2/12/2015
Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] – 2/12/2015
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

 

S.381 : A bill to improve the response to missing children and victims of child sex trafficking.
Sponsor: Sen Portman, Rob [OH] (introduced 2/5/2015)

Cosponsors:

Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] – 2/5/2015
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 

S.529 : A bill to improve the services available to runaway and homeless youth who are victims of trafficking, to improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking, to direct the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking to identify strategies to prevent children from becoming victims of trafficking and review trafficking prevention efforts, to protect and assist in the recovery of victims of trafficking, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 2/12/2015)

Cosponsors:

Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] – 2/12/2015
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.