Pending Legislation on Syria

The following memorandum highlights legislation regarding Syria currently pending in Congress.

Section I: Legislation Currently Pending in the House of Representatives
Section II: Legislation Currently Pending in the Senate

Section I: Legislation Currently Pending in the House of Representatives

H.RES. 296 Expressing support for peaceful demonstrations and universal freedoms in Syria and condemning the human rights violations by the Assad Regime.
Introduced: June 3, 2011
Last Action: Referred to the Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia on August 2, 2011

  • Supports the Syrian people in their attempts to pursue peaceful democratic change.
  • Condemns the human rights abuses of the government of Syria
  • Urges President Obama to speak out to the people of Syria and work with allies at the U.N. Security Council to hold human rights abusers in Syria accountable and to support the human rights of the Syrian people.

H.R. 2105 Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Reform and Modernization Act of 2011
Introduced: June 3, 2011

Last Action: Referred to Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement on August 25, 2011

  • To provide for the application of measures to foreign persons who transfer goods, services or technology to Iran, North Korea, and Syria
  • Calls for the repeal of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act

H.R. 2106 Syria Freedom Support Act
Introduced: June 3, 2011
Last Action: Referred to Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement on August 25, 2011

  • To increase sanctions against Syria, enhance multilateral support to address Syria’s government policies
  • To establish a program to support a transition to a democratically elected government in Syria
  • Establishes that it will be U.S. policy to condemn the government of Syria's violations of internationally recognized human rights

H.R. 2998: Ethical Shipping Inspections Act of 2011
Introduced: September 21, 2011
Last Action: Referred to the House Committee of Transportation and Infrastructure on September 21, 2011    

  • To amend title 46, United States Code, to prohibit the delegation by the United States of inspection, certification, and related services to a foreign classification society that provides comparable services to Iran, North Korea, North Sudan, or Syria and for other purposes.

Section II: Legislation Currently Pending in the Senate

S.RES 180 A resolution expressing support for peaceful demonstrations and universal freedoms in Syria and condemning the human rights violations by the Assad regime. 
Introduced: May 11, 2011
Last Action: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations on May 11, 2011

  • A resolution expressing support for peaceful demonstrations and universal freedoms in Syria and condemning the human rights violations by the Assad regime.                              
  • Related Bill: H.RES 926

S.1048 Iran, North Korea, and Syria Sanctions Consolidation Act of 2011
Introduced: May 23, 2011
Last Action: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations on May 23, 2011

  • Amends the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act to include persons that acquired mined or extracted materials from North Korean territory or control; provided services to ship goods to or from North Korea, Iran, or Syria related to those countries WMD programs, support for international terrorism, or human rights abuses.


S.1472 Syria Sanctions Act of 2011
Introduced: August 2, 2011
Last Action: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on August 2, 2011

  • Allows the President to impose three or more sanctions on a person that knowingly: makes an investment of at least $20 million that contributes to Syria's ability to develop petroleum resources; and sells, leases, or provides to Syria any support that has a fair market value of at least $1 million

S. 1496 Ethical Shipping Inspections Act of 2011
Introduced: August 2, 2011
Last Action: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on August 2, 2011

  • Amends  title 46, United States Code, to prohibit the delegation by the United States of inspection, certification, and related services to a foreign classification society that provides comparable services to Iran, North Korea, North Sudan or Syria

H. Res. 317: Demanding that Hamas immediately and unconditionally release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit
Introduced:  June 21, 2011
Last Action: Referred to the Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia on August 2, 2011

  • Demands that Hamas release Gilad Shalit and condemns Hamas for the immoral cross border attack and kidnapping of him
  • Condemns Iran and Syria, the primary state sponsors and patrons of Hamas, for their ongoing support for international terrorism