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H.R. 4842 (116th): EXPO Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 23, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 4842


October 23, 2019

(for himself, Ms. Craig, Mr. Emmer, Mrs. Fletcher, Mr. Hagedorn, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Olson, Ms. Omar, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Stauber, and Mr. Yoho) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


To authorize the Secretary of State to provide funds for a United States pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Expositions Provide Opportunities Act of 2019 or EXPO Act of 2019.


State Department authorization for pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai


In general

Notwithstanding section 204 of the Admiral James W. Nance and Meg Donovan Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001 (22 U.S.C. 2452b), the Secretary of State is authorized, subject to subsections (b) and (c) of this section, to provide funds for a United States pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.



No funds made available to the Department of State to be used for a pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai may be obligated or expended unless the appropriate congressional committees are notified not less than 15 days prior to such obligation or expenditure.



The Secretary of State may not provide funds for a United States pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai unless, not later than the date that is 180 days before such pavilion is opened, the Secretary of State submits to the appropriate congressional committees a report concerning activities relating to such pavilion, including—


a description of the source of such funds, including any funds reprogrammed or transferred by the Department of State to be made available for such pavilion;


an estimate of the amount of investment such pavilion could bring to the United States;


an analysis of the human rights record of the United Arab Emirates; and


a certification that each entity receiving amounts for a contract, grant, or other agreement to construct, maintain, or otherwise service such pavilion is not in violation of the labor laws of the United Arab Emirates and do not employ, or otherwise utilize, a victim of trafficking (as defined in section 103 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7102)).


Appropriate congressional committees defined

In this section, the term appropriate congressional committees means the following:


The Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.


The Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate.



This section ceases to be effective on September 30, 2021.