CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 3714 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on October 1, 2009.
H.R. 3714 requires the Department of State to include in its Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices information on freedom of the press in foreign countries and establishes a grant program to promote freedom of the press worldwide.
Specifically, the bill requires the Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices to include a description of the status of freedom of the press, including initiatives in favor of freedom of the press and efforts to preserve the independence of the media, as well as an identification of countries where there were violations of freedom of the press such as direct physical attacks, imprisonment, indirect sources of pressure, or censorship by governments, military, or police groups.
H.R. 3714 is named after Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was beheaded by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. Pearl had been covering the War on Terrorism and was retracing the steps of shoe bomber Richard Reid when he was abducted in Karachi, Pakistan.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not produced a cost estimate for this bill.