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Longer Title: International Documentation Requirement Waiver Act

This Act:
(1)(a) Allows the Secretary of State (or their designee) the ability to issue a waiver against any law from another nation which would require the presence of an American citizen or lawful permanent resident on the soil of that nation (including an embassy) for a function that would otherwise wholly be carried out outside of that nation where the person can credibly claim concern for their health or welfare.  For example, this won't affect asylum or visa applications, but it restricts the ability to compel presence for divorce papers.
(1)(b) Explicitly bars US courts from hearing claims or granting or enforcing judgments, and US corporations from complying with said judgments, where a foreign court tries to sanction someone for using this exception. Permits US courts to issue an injunction barring further action.  Allows claimants trying to use repetitive claims disallowed under this section to be sanctioned for contempt.
(1)(c) Allows US courts, subject to an order under (1)(a), to compel the provision of relevant documentation by order.  Permits the courts, in "extraordinary circumstances" where an international court or body is not cooperating (and being more than just bureaucratically obtuse), to "insert a statement in lieu of the presentation of that documentation" in a civil proceeding, with a presumption against the interests of the non-cooperating party.
(2) Directs that the Department of State, and other relevant intelligence agencies, monitor diplomatic immigration/emigration traffic for unusual patterns and issue public warnings if it has credible evidence that the country may be sending teams to an embassy for "non-diplomatic purposes".
(3)(a) States (in the form of a non-binding resolution) that the policy of the United States will be to recall its ambassadors and expel a "proportionate number of diplomatic staff" in the case of an American citizen/lawful permanent resident being killed at a foreign embassy, or killed as part of state action by a holder of a foreign country's diplomatic credential at the time.
(3)(b) Extends a more limited version of the (3)(a) policy to cover cases of it happening in allied countries and directing that such actions should occur in concert or solidarity with similarly-violated allies.


[PES: (1), (1b) and (1c) basically plug the loophole that allowed the Saudis to demand that Jamal Khashoggi appear at the embassy.  In his case it was divorce paperwork, but this is [by design] a bit more sweeping to handle other loopholes.  (2) deals with cases where a country is pretty blatantly using diplomatic cover to send in non-diplomatic personnel.  The aim is more "hit squads" than "garden-variety spies".  (3) is basically a finger-wag at what the Saudis did.  Both parts are non-binding by nature (this is an executive function), but it gives the executive a bit of cover to throw the occasional book at a country that has behaved badly.]

Andrew Byrd (and family), Virginia

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Voting Bloc Total Aye Nay Present
Nationalist Republicans 47 42 4 0
Evangelical Republicans 48 36 11 0
Business Republicans 45 33 11 0
Moderate Conservative Republicans 61 55 5 0
Moderate Liberal Republicans 18 16 1 0
SJW Democrats 53 53 0 0
Progressive Democrats 58 58 0 0
Environmentalist Democrats 48 48 0 0
Moderate Liberal Democrats 47 47 0 0
Moderate Conservative Democrats 10 9 0 0
  397 32 0

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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Senate Votes
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Alabama Tommy Tuberville Nationalist Aye
Alaska Holly Hawthorne Nationalist Aye
Arizona Mick McGuire Nationalist 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 Larry Hogan Moderate Conservative 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 Tim Ryan Moderate Liberal Aye
Oklahoma Jim Inhofe Evangelical Aye
Oregon Alek Skarlatos Nationalist 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 Kyle Fitzgerald Nationalist Aye
Wisconsin Mandela Barnes Progressive Aye
Wyoming John Barrasso Evangelical Aye
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