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H.R. 3342 (115th): Sanctioning the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 3342 mandates that the President identify and impose sanctions on foreign persons or entities affiliated with Hizballah who are responsible for violations of human rights due to their use of civilians as human shields, or have provided, tried to provide, or facilitated the provision of material support to that terrorist group. The bill also requires the President to provide and update Congress with a list of people or entities identified under this bill. Additionally, the bill provides the authority to revoke visas from such identified individuals or declare them ineligible for visas.

Sponsor and status

Mike Gallagher

Sponsor. Representative for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2018
Length: 4 pages
Jul 20, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 21, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 21, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-348

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Applaud Passage of Bill to Sanction Hizballah & Hamas for Use of Human Shields
    — Rep. Mike Gallagher [R-WI8] (Sponsor) on Dec 12, 2018

Schneider Applauds Passage of Legislation to Crack Down on Iranian Missile Program and Support for Proxy Groups
    — Rep. Bradley “Brad” Schneider [D-IL10] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 26, 2017

Cramer: house passes sanctions against sponsors of terrorism
    — Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND] on Oct 27, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 3342 will add $1 million in new spending through 2022.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 3257: STOP Using Human Shields Act

Ordered Reported on Sep 26, 2018. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 3542: Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act

Passed House (Senate next) on Feb 14, 2018. 35% incorporated. (compare text)


Jul 20, 2017

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Sep 28, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Oct 24, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Foreign Affairs

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Oct 25, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

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Oct 11, 2018
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 11, 2018
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 21, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 3342 (115th) 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. 3342. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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