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S. 302 (114th): International Human Rights Defense Act of 2015

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A bill to establish in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the Department of State a Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Peoples.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Edward “Ed” Markey

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Massachusetts. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 29, 2015
Length: 19 pages
Jan 29, 2015
114th Congress, 2015–2017
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 29, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senators Welcome New LGBT Special Envoy, Highlight Areas of Collaboration to Promote Human Rights Globally
    — Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA] (Sponsor) on May 8, 2015

Blumenthal Statement on U.N. Security Council Resolution Vote on Israel
    — Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 22, 2016

Murphy welcomes new lgbt special envoy and calls for action on global human rights
    — Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT] (Co-sponsor) on May 8, 2015

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Jan 29, 2015

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S. 302 (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.

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

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