Legislative Updates

HR-390 can’t pass the Senate and get help to persecuted Christians

Sep 10th, 2018 | By

The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017 (HR-390) passed out of the House a year ago on a near unanimous vote.  Then, it sat in the Senate for many months until it was totally re-written by Senator Corker (R-TN).  

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Why the sudden rush for passage of HR-390?

May 18th, 2018 | By

The bill was on hold by the Senate Leadership until the last week of April, when it was suddenly put on  a “fast track” as an election tool to get Christians to vote Republican this fall. But it simply was not the same bill that passed the House last year and Senator Rand Paul was right to put a hold on it until Senator Corker’s language is removed.

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Original HR-390 language must be reinstated

Feb 6th, 2018 | By

The original bill had three main purposes:  First, HR-390 would give assistance for victims of genocide; Second, HR-390 demanded accountability for the perpetrators of genocide and Third, HR-390 would give Christian victims of genocide priority refugee status.

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Capitol Hill Activities

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
Presentation of Policeman of the Year Award

One of the events I was recently a part of was the presentation of the Policeman of the Year Award by the Capitol Forum Club. This is a Club mostly made up of retired generals and admirals. Their award is given to a Capitol Hill police officer each year. This year the honor went to two officers who undoubtedly saved the lives of numerous congressmen, by engaging in gunfire the far-left gunman who targeted Republican congressmen as they practiced for an annual charity baseball game against Democrat congressmen. Both recipients of the award,  Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, were wounded during the shooting.

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Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act Hijacked by Neocons

Sep 28th, 2017 | By

Senator Corker has crossed out every single line of the simple anti-genocide language in HR-390 authored by Congressmen Chris Smith. Senator Corker’s version of the bill makes little mention of the victims of genocide, which include Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Muslims.

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NGOs Sign Letter to Senate Leaders in Support of HR 390

Jul 14th, 2017 | By

Religious Freedom Coalition Chairman, William J. Murray signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanding unanimous consent for the bipartisan bill H.R. 390, The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act. Other signers are Nina Shea, Director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom; David

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USCIRF Commends House Passage of Genocide Accountability Act Urges Senate Action  

Jun 13th, 2017 | By

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2017   USCIRF Commends House Passage of Genocide Accountability Act Urges Senate Action   USCIRF declares that “the perpetrators of genocide must be held to account”   WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) commends the passage on June 6, 2017, in the U.S. House of

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HR 390 Passed in the House

Jun 7th, 2017 | By

MAJOR VICTORY – HR-390 has passed in the HOUSE Your post cards and calls to Congress did the job! HR-390, The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, was introduced by our friend Congressman Chris Smith on January 10th of this year, shortly after the 115th Congress began its first session. Within a

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New Proposed Legislation Could Mean Relief For Persecuted Christians

Jan 13th, 2017 | By
Christians persecuted

On January 10, 2017, Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18) reintroduced their bipartisan legislation that would provide emergency relief to survivors of genocide and ensure accountability for perpetrators. The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act (H.R. 390) is an enhanced version of the bill they introduced in the 114th

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