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H.R. 390 (115th): Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 390 authorizes the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support entities assisting minority groups in Iraq or Syria and entities that are conducting criminal investigations into perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Iraq and Syria. Additionally, the bill encourages foreign countries to add identifying information about suspected perpetrators of such crimes to their security databases and security screening and orders the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of State to identify gaps in U.S. law so the American justice system can prosecute foreign perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes present in the U.S.

Sponsor and status

Christopher “Chris” Smith

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

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2018
Length: 5 pages
Jan 10, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 11, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 11, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-300

47 Cosponsors (40 Republicans, 7 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

<span class='\"kicker\"'>Law will ensure relief for ISIS genocide survivors, accountability for perpetrators</span>Smiths Bill to Help Genocide Victims Will Become Law Today
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Dec 11, 2018

Congressman Sensenbrenner Reintroduces MOTION Act in the House of Representatives
    — Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI5, 2003-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 29, 2017

Washington Review, June 9, 2017
    — Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8, 2013-2022] on Jun 9, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 390 will add $20 million in new spending through 2027.


Jan 10, 2017

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Mar 29, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Jun 6, 2017
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.

Sep 19, 2017
Considered by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

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

Sep 19, 2017
Text Published

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

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.

Nov 27, 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 by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 11, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 390 (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. 390. 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 passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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