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H.R. 3493: United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 26, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3493

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 26, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Mast) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

A BILL

To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to establish a United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs Act of 2019.

2.

United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs

Title I of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 (22 U.S.C. 2651a et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

64.

United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs

(a)

Establishment

There is established within the Department of State an Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs (referred to in this section as the Ambassador), appointed in accordance with subsection (b).

(b)

Appointment

The Ambassador shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.

(c)

Duties

(1)

Diplomatic representation

Subject to the direction of the President and the Secretary of State, the Ambassador is authorized to represent the United States in matters and cases relevant to Arctic affairs in—

(A)

contacts with foreign governments, intergovernmental organizations, and specialized agencies of the United Nations, the Arctic Council, and other international organizations of which the United States is a member; and

(B)

multilateral conferences and meetings relating to Arctic affairs.

(2)

Chair of the Arctic Council

The Ambassador shall serve as the Chair of the Arctic Council when the United States holds the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

(3)

Policies and procedures

The Ambassador shall coordinate United States Arctic policies.

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