H.R. 440 (112th): To provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia.

Jan 25, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Passed House)
Frank Wolf
Representative for Virginia's 10th congressional district
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Jul 29, 2011
10 pages
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Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jun 22, 2011


This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 29, 2011 but was never passed by the Senate.

Introduced Jan 25, 2011
Referred to Committee Jan 25, 2011
Passed House Jul 29, 2011

No summaries available.

On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Jul 29, 2011 3:46 p.m.
Passed 402/20

80 cosponsors (44R, 36D) (show)

House Foreign Affairs

Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations

The Middle East and North Africa

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7/29/2011--Passed House amended.
Section 2 -
Directs the President to appoint a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia within the Department of State.
Section 3 -
Requires the Special Envoy to:
(1) promote the right of religious freedom of religious minorities in the countries of the Near East and South Central Asia, denounce the violation of such right, and recommend appropriate U.S government responses to such violations;
(2) monitor and combat acts of religious intolerance and incitement targeted against such religious minorities;
(3) ensure that the needs of such religious minority communities are addressed, including economic and security needs directly tied to religious-based discrimination and persecution;
(4) work with foreign governments of such countries to address inherently discriminatory laws; and
(5) coordinate and assist in the preparation of specified reports required by the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.
Section 4 -
Authorizes the Special Envoy, subject to direction by the President and the Secretary of State, to represent the United States in matters and cases relevant to religious freedom in: (1) contacts with foreign governments, intergovernmental organizations, and specialized agencies of the United Nations (U.N.), the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, and other international organizations; and (2) multilateral conferences and meetings relevant to religious freedom.
Section 5 -
Requires the Special Envoy to give priority to programs, projects, and activities for Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Section 6 -
Authorizes, from amounts available for Diplomatic and Consular Programs, $1 million to be appropriated each fiscal year from FY2011-FY2015. Provides that no additional funds are authorized to be appropriated for such Programs to carry out this Act.
Directs the Secretary, unless otherwise authorized or required by law, to eliminate positions within the Department as necessary to offset the costs to be incurred for hiring staff, conducting investigations, and for the necessary travel to carry out this Act.
Section 7 -
Declares that this Act shall cease to be effective on October 1, 2015.

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