H.R. 180 (110th): Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act

Jan 04, 2007 (110th Congress, 2007–2009)
Died (Passed House)
Barbara Lee
Representative for California's 9th congressional district
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Last Updated
Aug 03, 2007
31 pages

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 31, 2007 but was never passed by the Senate.

Introduced Jan 04, 2007
Referred to Committee Jan 04, 2007
Reported by Committee Jul 26, 2007
Passed House Jul 31, 2007
Full Title

To require the identification of companies that conduct business operations in Sudan, to prohibit United States Government contracts with such companies, and for other purposes.


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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Jul 31, 2007 12:05 p.m.
Passed 418/1

152 cosponsors (137D, 15R) (show)

House Financial Services

Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises

Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology

House Oversight and Government Reform

Government Operations

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

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7/31/2007--Passed House amended.
Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007 -
Section 3 -
Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to ensure the publication every six months in the Federal Register of a list of all persons (as defined by this Act) who have a direct investment in or are conducting business operations in Sudan's power production, mineral extraction, oil-related, or military equipment industries.
Sets forth excluded business operations, including operations with:
(1) the regional government of southern Sudan;
(2) maginalized populations of Sudan; and
(3) peacekeeping or humanitarian organizations.
Section 4 -
States that it is U.S. policy to support state and local efforts to divest funds from, or restrict investments in, companies that conduct business operations in Sudan.
Authorizes state or local government divestment in such companies.
Section 5 -
Expresses the sense of Congress that a divestment measure authorized or a measure to prohibit state or local contracts would not violate the United States Constitution because such a measure: (1) is not pre-empted under the Supremacy Clause; (2) is authorized by the Congress as an appropriate measure with regard to interstate or foreign commerce; and (3) is authorized by the Congress as a measure that promotes U.S. foreign policy.
Section 6 -
Amends the Investment Company Act of 1940 to provide a safe harbor from civil, criminal, or administrative action for a registered investment company and its officials and employees based upon the investment company's divesting from or not investing in a company that is on the list as provided for under section 3 this Act.
Section 7 -
Amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to provide a safe harbor for employee benefit plan employees based upon the plan's divesting from or not investing in a company that is on such list.
Section 8 -
Prohibits the U.S. government from contracting or renewing a contract for goods or services with a company that is on such list. Authorizes the President to waive such prohibition for national security reasons.
Section 9 -
States that it is U.S. policy to support any state or local government decision to prohibit state or local government contracting for goods or services with a company that is on such list.
Authorizes a state or local government to prohibit such contracts.
Section 10 -
Defines specified terms.
Section 11 -
Expresses the sense of Congress that other governments should adopt measures similar to those contained in this Act to publicize the activities of persons and entities whose financial dealings enable the government of Sudan to commit genocide against people in the Darfur region and other regions of Sudan, and to authorize divestment from, and the avoidance of further investment in, such persons and entities.
Section 12 -
Sets forth the conditions under which this Act shall terminate.

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