IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 21, 2019
Mr. Portman (for himself and Ms. Warren) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations
To direct the Secretary of State to make available to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention copies of consular reports of death of United States citizens, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
American Students Abroad Act.
Copies of Consular Reports of Death of U.S. Citizens Abroad to be made available to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Secretary of State shall make available to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for each calendar quarter a copy of each report described in subsection (b) that is issued during the preceding calendar quarter.
The report described in this subsection is a report issued by a United States embassy or consulate relating to the death of a United States citizen in a foreign country upon receipt by the embassy or consulate of the foreign death certificate or finding of death by a local competent authority.
Surveillance by CDC of deaths of United States citizens abroad
The Public Health Service Act is amended by inserting after section 317T of such Act (42 U.S.C. 247b–22) the following:
Surveillance of deaths of United States citizens abroad
The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shall expand and intensify the programs and activities of the Centers for surveillance of deaths of United States citizens occurring abroad, including through the use of the reports made available to the Director pursuant to section 2 of the American Students Abroad Act.