H.R. 4038 - American SAFE Act of 2015

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Rule Information

REPORTED BY RECORD VOTE of 7-3 on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

Agreed to by record vote of 242-183, after agreeing to the previous question by record vote of 243-182, on Thursday, November 19, 2015.


1. Closed rule.

2. Provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that the bill shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill.

6. Provides one motion to recommit.

Amendments (click headers to sort)

#Version #Sponsor(s)PartySummaryStatus
11Version 1Babin (TX), Brat (VA), Brooks (AL), Meadows (NC), Duncan (SC), Barletta (PA), Loudermilk (GA), LaMalfa (CA), Hice, Jody (GA), DeSantis (FL), Sanford (SC), Gohmert (TX), Culberson (TX), Graves, Garret (LA), Walker (NC)RepublicanAdds a 180 day moratorium on any refugee resettlement to the United States. Requires a GAO study within 90 days of the economic impact of refugees on state and local governments.Submitted
20Version 1Babin (TX)RepublicanAdds aliens from Libya, Uzbekistan, Bosnia and Somalia to the list of nations under the definition of "Covered Alien". Provides flexibility for the Secretary of DHS to also designate additional countries, if warranted.Submitted
5Version 1Bridenstine (OK)RepublicanRepeals the adjustment of status of refugees period. Currently, refugees must apply for permanent residency after one year in the United States; this Amendment repeals that section.Submitted
3Version 1Byrne (AL)RepublicanDefunds the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program and halts the acceptance of Syrian refugees into the United States.Submitted
10Version 1Cartwright (PA)DemocratExcludes women and children 18 years of age or younger from the requirements of this Act.Submitted
13Version 1Collins, Chris (NY)RepublicanGrants states the authority to withhold federal refugee relocation assistance funding from refugees that are nationals of, or last habitually resided in, a country with a "State Sponsor of Terrorism" or "Terrorist Sanctuary" designation, without the loss of federal funding for their refugee programs. Submitted
8Version 2Duffy (WI), Aderholt (AL)RepublicanRevised Requires the President, when considering the admission of refugees from Iraq and Syria, to prioritize the admission of refugees who are members of a persecuted religious minority community.Submitted
9Version 1Duffy (WI)RepublicanRequires the GAO to submit a report to Congress on the adequacy and effectiveness of the refugee screening process at protecting the security of the United States. Submitted
17Version 1Duffy (WI), Aderholt (AL)RepublicanRequires the State Department to develop a strategy to identify and assist persecuted religious minorities who have not been referred for admission into the U.S. by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Submitted
12Version 1Hill (AR)RepublicanRequires the Secretary of State, in coordination with DHS, FBI, and DNI, to submit a report to congress on levels of risk for countries with refugee applications to the US, and adds refugees coming from high risk countries as determined in the State Departments report to the definition of “covered alien” under the Act. Submitted
18Version 1Issa (CA)RepublicanPrioritizes refugees who meet the requirements of both priority groups 1 or 2 and 3, by moving those who qualify for family reunification to the top of their respective category. Under current law, family reunification cases confirmed with DNA testing are considered a priority 3 of 3 for resettlement. Submitted
15Version 1King, Steve (IA)RepublicanExpresses a sense of Congress that an international safe zone should be established by liberators, specifically Kurds and Sunni Arabs with U.S. support, in the Ninevah Plains region for victims of genocide, particularly Assyrian Christians, Chaldean Christians, and Yezidis, in their ancestral homelands.Submitted
14Version 1McKinley (WV)RepublicanRequires that the Administration give first priority to covered aliens applying for admission as a refugee who have immediate family members who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. Submitted
21Version 1McKinley (WV)RepublicanRequires that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation may not begin to conduct the background checks described in the bill, and a covered alien may not be admitted as a refugee, until such time as a joint resolution is enacted into law approving the sufficiency of such background checks.Submitted
6Version 1Palazzo (MS)RepublicanRequires that the federal agency will not be able to resettle any refugee in a state where the governor has taken formal action to disapprove of refugees or certain refugees.Submitted
22Version 1Pitts (PA), Eshoo (CA)Bi-PartisanRequires the prioritization of background investigations of those aliens deemed especially vulnerable. Defines especially vulnerable aliens as: members of persecuted religious or ethnic minority groups; those employed by or who work directly for or with the United States government in Iraq or Syria; those employed in Iraq or Syria by media or non-governmental organizations, as well as those who have received grants or who have been contracted by the United States government; victims of torture or sexual abuse; and the spouses, children, sons, daughters, siblings, and parents of such aliens.Submitted
4Version 1Salmon, (AZ)RepublicanAdds Yemen and Somalia to the list of countries listed in (e) 1, (a), (b), & (c). Submitted
1Version 2Schweikert (AZ)RepublicanRevised Requires that the Secretary of Homeland Security review the criminal- and security-related grounds for the admission of aliens into the United States. This amendment also requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to determine if any changes should be made to those grounds and to report those findings to Congress.Submitted
2Version 1Schweikert (AZ)RepublicanGives a Governor of a State the power to formally disapprove of the resettlement of refugees in their state if that Governor believes such refugees pose a credible security threat.Submitted
7Version 1Scott, Austin (GA)RepublicanAmends the American SAFE Act of 2015 by improving data gathering regarding aliens who have been admitted to the US. Submitted
16Version 1Thompson, Bennie (MS), Lofgren (CA)DemocratRequires DHS to have procedures to overcome information gaps in checks on identity for refugee applicants; authorizes a comprehensive review of refugees to identify security threats; requires DHS to certify that the comprehensive review was undertaken; and bolsters Congressional oversight by requiring monthly DHS reports on refugee applications from Syria and Iraq and DHS IG reviews of DHS certifications.Submitted
19Version 1Westmoreland (GA)RepublicanRequires inclusion in the monthly report, the total number, type, and status of Iraqi and Syrian visas approved.Submitted