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  • First Responders Passport Act of 2015

    by Representative Edward R. Royce

    Posted on 2015-12-16

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    ROYCE. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 3750) to waive the passport fees for first responders proceeding abroad to aid a foreign country suffering from a natural disaster, as amended.

    The Clerk read the title of the bill.

    The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 3750 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 ``First Responders Passport Act of 2015''.


    (a) In General.--Subsection (a) of section 1 of the Passport Act of June 4, 1920 (22 [[Page H9347]] U.S.C. 214), is amended, in the third sentence, by inserting after ``to attend a funeral or memorial service for such member;'' the following: ``from an individual who is operating under a contract, grant, or cooperative agreement with the United States Government, including a volunteer, who is proceeding abroad to aid a foreign country suffering from a natural disaster as determined by the Secretary;''.

    (b) Report.--Not later than 90 days after the end of the first full fiscal year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall submit to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a report on the number of waivers of fees for the execution and issuance of passports to first responders under section 1 of the Act of June 4, 1920, as amended by subsection (a) of this section, for such fiscal year.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from California (Mr. Royce) and the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Brendan F. Boyle) each will control 20 minutes.

    The Chair recognizes the gentleman from California.

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