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H.R. 1150 (114th): Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act

About the bill

Source: Wikipedia

The Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 1150, Pub.L. 114–281) "amends the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA) to state in the congressional findings that the freedom of thought and religion is understood to protect theistic and non-theistic beliefs as well as the right not to profess or practice any religion". The bill was named after Frank Wolf, a Republican Congressman for Virginia and staunch supporter of religious freedom, who introduced the "Freedom from Religious Persecution Act of 1997," which served as a catalyst for religious freedom legislation in the 1990s. The original International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 was introduced by Senator Don Nickles on March 26, 1998, and was passed by the Senate on October 8, 1998, then passed without conference by the House on …

Sponsor and status

Christopher “Chris” Smith

Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2016
Length: 15 pages
Feb 27, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 16, 2016

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 16, 2016.

Pub.L. 114-281

116 Cosponsors (97 Republicans, 19 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

<span class='\"kicker\"'>In Erbil, US Congressman asks why Christian survivors of genocide not getting humanitarian aid from US &amp; other OSCE countries</span>Smith Leads Mission to Genocide Survivors in Iraq
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Dec 20, 2016

Eshoo, Smith International Religious Freedom Legislation Sent to President
    — Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA16] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 14, 2016

Washington Review, April 25, 2016
    — Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8, 2013-2022] on Apr 25, 2016

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Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 6482: Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act

Introduced on Dec 8, 2016. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2878: Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act

Introduced on Apr 28, 2016. 72% incorporated. (compare text)


Feb 27, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Apr 15, 2015
Considered by Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Apr 20, 2016
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

May 16, 2016
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 7, 2016
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Reported by Senate Committee.

Dec 10, 2016
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 13, 2016
House Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was without objection so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 16, 2016
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 1150 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1150. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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