Senate Bill 1158
115th Congress(2017-2018)
Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018
Became Law
Amendments
Became Law
Became Public Law 115-441 on Jan 14, 2019
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
May 17, 2017
Latest Action
Jan 14, 2019
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
1158
Congress
115
Policy Area
International Affairs
International Affairs
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Sponsorship by Party
Maryland
Massachusetts
California
Connecticut
Delaware
Illinois
Indiana
Massachusetts
Arkansas
Michigan
Minnesota
Minnesota
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Jersey
North Carolina
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Wisconsin
Passed
December 12, 2018
Type
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
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Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
Summary

Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017

This bill states that it is U.S. policy to regard the prevention of genocide and other atrocity crimes as a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility.

The President shall instruct the Department of State to establish a Mass Atrocities Task Force to strengthen State Department efforts and assist other agency efforts at atrocity prevention and response.

The Foreign Service Act of 1980 is amended to provide for the training of Foreign Service Officers in conflict and atrocity crimes prevention.

The Director of National Intelligence is encouraged to include in his or her annual testimony to Congress on threats to U.S. national security: (1) a review of countries and regions at risk of atrocity crimes; and (2) specific countries and regions at immediate risk of atrocity crimes, including most likely pathways to violence, specific risk factors, potential perpetrators, and at-risk target groups.

The bill establishes the Complex Crises Fund to enable the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development to support programs and activities to prevent or respond to emerging or unforeseen foreign challenges and complex crises overseas, including potential atrocity crimes. Fund amounts may not be expended for lethal assistance or to respond to natural disasters.

Text (4)
Amendments (1)
Dec 12, 2018
Agreed to in Senate
1
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 4102
To make technical corrections.
Agreed To
Public Record
Created
May 18, 2017 12:26:39 AM
Updated
Feb 1, 2021 10:21:12 PM