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HR 12 - Intercountry Adoption Advisory Committee Act


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Representative DRAKE, for himself (and with thanks to Senator KLOBUCHAR), introduced the following bill: 

A BILL
To establish an Intercountry Adoption Advisory Committee, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Intercountry Adoption Advisory Committee Act”.

SEC. 2. INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

(a) Establishment.—The Secretary of State shall establish within the Bureau of Consular Affairs an intercountry adoption advisory committee (the “Advisory Committee”).

(b) Duties.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of State shall consult the Advisory Committee, as appropriate, on intercountry adoption, including on the development, refinement, and implementation of policies and programs pertaining to intercountry adoption.

(2) RECOMMENDATIONS.—The Advisory Committee shall develop, at the request of the Secretary, recommendations for improvements to intercountry adoption.

(3) PERIODIC REPORTS.—The Advisory Committee shall periodically submit to the Secretary of State—

(A) reports on matters identified by the Secretary; and

(B) reports on other matters identified by a majority of the members of the Advisory Committee.

(4) ANNUAL REPORT.—The Advisory Committee shall submit to the Secretary of State an annual report providing information on the activities, findings, and recommendations of the Advisory Committee for the preceding year. Not later than 180 days after the date that the Secretary receives the annual report, the Secretary shall publish a public version describing the Advisory Committee's activities and such related matters as would be informative to the public consistent with the policy of section 552(b) of title 5, United States Code. The report required under this paragraph may be submitted as part of the Department of State's annual adoption report.

(5) FEEDBACK.—Not later than 90 days after receiving recommendations transmitted by the Advisory Committee under paragraph (4), the Secretary of State shall respond in writing to the Advisory Committee with feedback on each of the recommendations, an action plan to implement any of the recommendations with which the Secretary concurs, and a justification for why any of the recommendations have been rejected.

(6) CONGRESSIONAL NOTIFICATION.—Not later than 30 days after providing written feedback to the Advisory Committee under paragraph (5), the Secretary of State shall notify Congress of the feedback.

(c) Membership.—Not later than 180 days after establishing the Advisory Committee under subsection (a), the Secretary of State shall appoint the members of the Advisory Committee. The members so appointed shall include groups representing adoption service providers, adoptive families, adoptees, adoption attorneys, social workers, and representatives of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State. Members shall be appointed or reappointed by the Secretary every two years.

PES:

This bill requires the Department of State to establish an intercountry adoption advisory committee to consult on and provide recommendations for improvements to intercountry adoption.

Christopher Drake

Republican, NY-2

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Former Chief Administrator - Rounds 4 & 5, Evil Arch-Conservative, Frequent Republican Player

 

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On 12/4/2021 at 3:11 PM, SWMissourian said:

Representative DRAKE, for himself (and with thanks to Senator KLOBUCHAR), introduced the following bill: 

A BILL
To establish an Intercountry Adoption Advisory Committee, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Intercountry Adoption Advisory Committee Act”.

SEC. 2. INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

(a) Establishment.—The Secretary of State shall establish within the Bureau of Consular Affairs an intercountry adoption advisory committee (the “Advisory Committee”).

(b) Duties.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of State shall consult the Advisory Committee, as appropriate, on intercountry adoption, including on the development, refinement, and implementation of policies and programs pertaining to intercountry adoption.

(2) RECOMMENDATIONS.—The Advisory Committee shall develop, at the request of the Secretary, recommendations for improvements to intercountry adoption.

(3) PERIODIC REPORTS.—The Advisory Committee shall periodically submit to the Secretary of State—

(A) reports on matters identified by the Secretary; and

(B) reports on other matters identified by a majority of the members of the Advisory Committee.

(4) ANNUAL REPORT.—The Advisory Committee shall submit to the Secretary of State an annual report providing information on the activities, findings, and recommendations of the Advisory Committee for the preceding year. Not later than 180 days after the date that the Secretary receives the annual report, the Secretary shall publish a public version describing the Advisory Committee's activities and such related matters as would be informative to the public consistent with the policy of section 552(b) of title 5, United States Code. The report required under this paragraph may be submitted as part of the Department of State's annual adoption report.

(5) FEEDBACK.—Not later than 90 days after receiving recommendations transmitted by the Advisory Committee under paragraph (4), the Secretary of State shall respond in writing to the Advisory Committee with feedback on each of the recommendations, an action plan to implement any of the recommendations with which the Secretary concurs, and a justification for why any of the recommendations have been rejected.

(6) CONGRESSIONAL NOTIFICATION.—Not later than 30 days after providing written feedback to the Advisory Committee under paragraph (5), the Secretary of State shall notify Congress of the feedback.

(c) Membership.—Not later than 180 days after establishing the Advisory Committee under subsection (a), the Secretary of State shall appoint the members of the Advisory Committee. The members so appointed shall include groups representing adoption service providers, adoptive families, adoptees, adoption attorneys, social workers, and representatives of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State. Members shall be appointed or reappointed by the Secretary every two years.

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This bill requires the Department of State to establish an intercountry adoption advisory committee to consult on and provide recommendations for improvements to intercountry adoption.

Nancy Pelosi

The House is called to order to debate the legislation for no less than 96 hours (not including the game pause on December 25th). 

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Bill passes the Senate.

Aye 50
Nay 0
Present 0

 

Senate Votes
State Senator Philosophy Vote
Alabama Tommy Tuberville Nationalist Aye
Alaska Lisa Murkowski Moderate Conservative Aye
Arizona Mark Kelly Environmentalist Aye
Arkansas Tom Cotton Nationalist Aye
California Dianne Feinstein Progressive Aye
Colorado John Hickenlooper Moderate Liberal Aye
Connecticut Chris Murphy Progressive Aye
Delaware Tom Carper Moderate Liberal Aye
Florida Marco Rubio Evangelical Aye
Georgia Raphael Warnock Social Justice Warrior Aye
Hawaii Mazie Hirono Environmentalist Aye
Idaho Mike Crapo Evangelical Aye
Illinois Dick Durbin Progressive Aye
Indiana Mike Braun Evangelical Aye
Iowa Chuck Grassley Business Aye
Kansas Jerry Moran Business Aye
Kentucky Mitch McConnell Business Aye
Louisiana John Kennedy Evangelical Aye
Maine Susan Collins Moderate Conservative Aye
Maryland Ben Cardin Moderate Liberal Aye
Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren Progressive Aye
Michigan Debbie Stabenow Environmentalist Aye
Minnesota Amy Klobuchar Moderate Liberal Aye
Mississippi Roger Wicker Evangelical Aye
Missouri Josh Hawley Nationalist Aye
Montana Jon Tester Moderate Liberal Aye
Nebraska Ben Sasse Evangelical Aye
Nevada Catherine Cortez Masto Social Justice Warrior Aye
New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen Moderate Liberal Aye
New Jersey Cory Booker Progressive Aye
New Mexico Martin Heinrich Environmentalist Aye
New York Chuck Schumer Moderate Liberal Aye
North Carolina Richard Burr Business Aye
North Dakota John Hoeven Evangelical Aye
Ohio Rob Portman Moderate Conservative Aye
Oklahoma Jim Inhofe Evangelical Aye
Oregon Ron Wyden Environmentalist Aye
Pennsylvania Bob Casey Jr Moderate Liberal Aye
Rhode Island Sheldon Whitehouse Environmentalist Aye
South Carolina Lindsey Graham Business Aye
South Dakota John Thune Business Aye
Tennessee Marsha Blackburn Nationalist Aye
Texas Ted Cruz Evangelical Aye
Utah Mitt Romney Business Aye
Vermont Bernie Sanders Progressive Aye
Virginia Tim Kaine Moderate Liberal Aye
Washington Patty Murray Environmentalist Aye
West Virginia Joe Manchin Moderate Conservative Aye
Wisconsin Ron Johnson Nationalist Aye
Wyoming John Barrasso Evangelical Aye
 
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