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H.R. 1493 (114th): Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act

About the bill

H.R. 1493 would:

  • Direct the State Department to designate an existing employee to coordinate efforts to protect art around the world from being stolen and/or destroyed.
  • Establish a committee, which will meet once a year and be made up of representatives from various Federal agencies, who will "coordinate and inform Federal efforts to protect international cultural property".
  • Block importation of "archaeological or ethnological material of Syria" starting 120 days after the bill's enactment.
  • The import restrictions would expire in five years, but can be extended.

Thank you to Congressional Dish for their outline of H.R. 2620. This version is edited by GovTrack.

Sponsor and status

Eliot Engel

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 16th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 28, 2016
Length: 4 pages
Mar 19, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)

Enacted — Signed by the President on May 9, 2016

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on May 9, 2016.

Pub.L. 114-151

8 Cosponsors (5 Democrats, 3 Republicans)



Mar 19, 2015

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Apr 23, 2015
Ordered Reported

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Jun 1, 2015
Passed House (Senate next)

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Jan 28, 2016
Considered by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

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Feb 2, 2016
Text Published

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Apr 13, 2016
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

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Apr 26, 2016
House Agreed to Changes

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May 9, 2016
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 1493 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1493. 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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