H.R.2061. North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017

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Summary

                    North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Sec. 3) This bill expresses the sense of Congress concerning access to and protection of North Korean refugees and defectors, the forcible repatriation by China of North Koreans, and the Department of State position of Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues.     (Sec. 4) The North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004 is amended to reauthorize through FY2022: (1) programs that promote human rights, democracy, rule of law, and the development of a market economy in North Korea; (2) actions to promote freedom of information in North Korea; and (3) humanitarian assistance to North Koreans who are outside of North Korea without the government's permission.  The bill extends through 2022 the requirements for annual reports from: (1) the State Department on freedom of information inside North Korea, (2) the Special Envoy on North Korean human rights issues, (3) the U.S. Agency for International Development on U.S. humanitarian assistance activities both inside North Korea and for North Koreans outside of North Korea, and (4) the State Department and Department of Homeland Security on North Korean refugees and immigration.  (Sec. 5) The President may provide electronic information sharing media to increase the availability of nongovernment-controlled information inside North Korea.  The President may: (1) provide grants to distribute information receiving devices, electronically readable devices, and other informational sources into North Korea; and (2) establish a grant program to develop or distribute new products or methods to allow North Koreans easier access to outside information.   The Broadcasting Board of Governors: (1) may broadcast popular music, television, movies, and popular cultural references as part of its programming; and (2) shall broadcast in Korean to North Korea information on rights, laws, and freedoms afforded through the North Korean Constitution and applicable treaties or international agreements.   The State Department shall: (1) submit a plan to Congress for reaching additional audiences and increasing consumption of uncensored news and information; and (2) report annually on the effectiveness of actions taken pursuant to these information dissemination requirements, including data reflecting audience and listenership, device distribution and usage, and technological development and advancement usage.   (Sec. 7) The board shall report to Congress regarding: (1) the status of current U.S. broadcasting to North Korea and the extent to which it has achieved the goal of 12-hour-per-day broadcasting, and (2) a strategy to overcome obstacles to communication with the North Korean people.   (Sec. 8) The State Department shall report to Congress regarding efforts to: (1) resume the repatriation from North Korea of U.S. Armed Forces members missing or unaccounted for during the Korean War, (2) reunite Korean Americans with their relatives in North Korea, and (3) assess the security risks to U.S. citizens posed by travel to North Korea. 
                

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Actions

  • null President: Became Public Law No: 115-198.

    Fri, Jul 20th 2018
  • null President: Signed by President.

    Fri, Jul 20th 2018
  • House Floor: Presented to President.

    Tue, Jul 10th 2018
  • House ResolvingDifferences: Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

    Wed, Jun 27th 2018
  • House ResolvingDifferences: On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to without objection. (text as House agreed to Senate amendment: CR H5787-5788)

    Wed, Jun 27th 2018
  • House Floor: Ms. Ros-Lehtinen asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and agree to the Senate amendment. (consideration: CR H5787-5788)

    Wed, Jun 27th 2018
  • Senate Floor: Message on Senate action sent to the House.

    Wed, Apr 25th 2018
  • Senate Floor: Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S2396)

    Tue, Apr 24th 2018
  • Senate Floor: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.

    Tue, Apr 24th 2018
  • Senate Floor: Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.

    Tue, Apr 24th 2018
  • Senate Discharge: Senate Committee on Foreign Relations discharged by Unanimous Consent.

    Tue, Apr 24th 2018
  • Senate IntroReferral: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

    Tue, Sep 26th 2017
  • House Vote: Passed 415-0. North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act

    Mon, Sep 25th 2017
  • House Floor: Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

    Mon, Sep 25th 2017
  • House Floor: Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H7473-7474)

    Mon, Sep 25th 2017
  • House Floor: 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.

    Mon, Sep 25th 2017
  • House Floor: DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2061.

    Mon, Sep 25th 2017
  • House Floor: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 415 - 0 (Roll no. 531). (text: CR H7441-7442)

    Mon, Sep 25th 2017
  • House Floor: Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

    Mon, Sep 25th 2017
  • House Floor: Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H7441-7444)

    Mon, Sep 25th 2017
  • House Committee: Ordered to be Reported in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Voice Vote.

    Thu, Jul 27th 2017
  • House Committee: Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.

    Thu, Jul 27th 2017
  • House IntroReferral: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

    Thu, Apr 6th 2017