HR.1897 - Vietnam Human Rights Act Of 2013

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8/1/2013--Passed House amended. Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013 - Prohibits U.S. nonhumanitarian assistance to the government of Vietnam in excess of FY2012 amounts unless the President certifies to Congress that the government of Vietnam has made substantial progress respecting political, media, and religious freedoms, minority rights, access to U.S. refugee programs, return of confiscated religious estates and property, and actions to end trafficking in persons and the release of political prisoners. Authorizes the President to waive such requirements if increased U.S. nonhumanitarian assistance would promote the purposes of this Act or is otherwise in the U.S. national interest. Allows the President to waive such authority with respect to: (1) all U.S. nonhumanitarian assistance to Vietnam; or (2) one or more programs, projects, or activities of such assistance. Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the United States should take measures to overcome the jamming of Radio Free Asia by Vietnam and that the Broadcasting Board of Governors should not cut staffing, funding, or broadcast hours for the Vietnamese language services of the Voice of America and Radio Free Asia; (2) U.S.-Vietnam educational and cultural exchange programs should promote freedom and democracy in Vietnam; (3) the Secretary of State should oppose Vietnam's candidacy for membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC); (4) Vietnam should be designated as a country of particular concern for religious freedom; and (5) Vietnam does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to bring itself into compliance. Directs the President to report annually to Congress regarding Vietnam's compliance with the provisions of this Act.

Received In The Senate And Read Twice And Referred To The Committee On Foreign Relations.
September 9th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Motion To Reconsider Laid On The Table Agreed To Without Objection.
August 1st 2013 @ 4:13 PM

On Motion To Suspend The Rules And Pass The Bill, As Amended Agreed To By The Yeas And Nays: (2/3 Required): 405 - 3 (roll No. 435).
August 1st 2013 @ 4:13 PM

Considered As Unfinished Business.
August 1st 2013 @ 4:06 PM

At The Conclusion Of Debate, The Yeas And Nays Were Demanded And Ordered. Pursuant To The Provisions Of Clause 8, Rule Xx, The Chair Announced That Further Proceedings On The Motion Would Be Postponed.
July 31st 2013 @ 8:07 PM

Debate - The House Proceeded With Forty Minutes Of Debate On H.r. 1897.
July 31st 2013 @ 7:45 PM

Considered Under Suspension Of The Rules.
July 31st 2013 @ 7:45 PM

Mr. Royce Moved To Suspend The Rules And Pass The Bill, As Amended.
July 31st 2013 @ 7:45 PM

Ordered To Be Reported By Unanimous Consent.
June 27th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Committee Consideration And Mark-up Session Held.
June 27th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Referred To The Subcommittee On Asia And The Pacific.
June 7th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Sponsor Introductory Remarks On Measure.
June 6th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Forwarded By Subcommittee To Full Committee By Unanimous Consent .
May 15th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Subcommittee Consideration And Mark-up Session Held.
May 15th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Referred To The Subcommittee On Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights And International Organizations.
May 8th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Referred To The House Committee On Foreign Affairs.
May 8th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

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