Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 4138 - ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

March 10, 2014 12:08 PM

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Cicilline (RI), Nadler (NY)


Provides for attorney consultation, upon request, with any Member of the House of Congress bringing civil action pursuant to this Act.

Cicilline (RI)


Provides for transparent accounting of the costs of litigation, by requiring the Comptroller General of the United States to issue quarterly reports to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on the costs of civil actions, including any attorney fees, brought pursuant to this Act.

Cohen (TN)


Exempts from the bill any actions concerning the foreign affairs of the United States.

Conyers (MI)


Excludes from the bill's scope any executive actions taken to combat discrimination or to protect civil rights.

Ellison (MN)


REVISED Requires that when a court determines that a law suit filed pursuant to this bill is frivolous under Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil procedure, any sanctions levied must be paid by the sponsor(s) of the resolution to bring such a suit – not anonymous donors.

Gibson (NY)


Clarifies that a violation of constitutional requirements, as described in the bill, includes any case in which the President introduced, without congressional approval, the Armed Forces into hostilities in the absence of a declaration of war, specific statutory authorization, or a national emergency created by an attack or imminent threat of attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or the Armed Forces.

Gibson (NY)


Clarifies that the civil authority provided Congress in the underlying bill extends to the Executive Branch’s compliance with the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. et seq.).

Jackson Lee (TX)


Protects the ability of the Executive Branch to comply with judicial decisions interpreting the Constitution or Federal laws.

Nadler (NY)


Clarifies that nothing in the act limits or otherwise affects the constitutional authority of the executive branch to exercise prosecutorial discretion.