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HR 6 - United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs Act


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Having passed both houses of Congress, this bill is recommended to the President for his signature or veto.

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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Mrs. Hawthorne (for herself and Mr. Diaz, with thanks to Mr. Young) introduced the following bill

A BILL

To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to establish a United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs, 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 “United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs Act”.

SEC. 2. UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR AT LARGE FOR ARCTIC AFFAIRS.

Title I of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 (22 U.S.C. 2651a et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

“SEC. 64. UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR AT LARGE FOR ARCTIC AFFAIRS.

“(a) Establishment.—There is established within the Department of State an Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs (referred to in this section as the ‘Ambassador’), appointed in accordance with subsection (b).

“(b) Appointment.—The Ambassador shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.

“(c) Duties.—

“(1) DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATION.—Subject to the direction of the President and the Secretary of State, the Ambassador is authorized to represent the United States in matters and cases relevant to Arctic affairs in—

“(A) contacts with foreign governments, intergovernmental organizations, and specialized agencies of the United Nations, the Arctic Council, and other international organizations of which the United States is a member; and

“(B) multilateral conferences and meetings relating to Arctic affairs.

“(2) CHAIR OF THE ARCTIC COUNCIL.—The Ambassador shall serve as the Chair of the Arctic Council when the United States holds the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

“(3) POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.—The Ambassador shall coordinate United States Arctic policies.”.

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This bill establishes within the Department of State an Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs who shall represent the United States in matters and cases relevant to the Arctic, serve on the Arctic Council, and coordinate U.S. Arctic policies.

 

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