H.R. 5332, Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2016

H.R. 5332

Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2016

Date
November 15, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5332, the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5332 was introduced on May 25, 2016, by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, on June 16, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5332 requires the President to develop a plan to promote the participation of women abroad in conflict prevention, management, resolution, and recovery, and to train personnel of the Departments of Defense (DoD) and State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in such matters. In addition, the bill would require the Department of State and USAID to provide their staff with guidelines on consulting with appropriate stakeholders.

Background

In 2011, the President issued Executive Order 13595 instituting a national action plan to promote the inclusion of women in advancing peace and security in areas with significant conflict. The plan’s policies and programs work to strengthen prospects for peace and security in countries affected by conflict, crisis, insecurity, and political transition by empowering women in decision making and protecting women and girls from violence.[1]

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[1] See White House Press Release, September 27, 2015.

Cost

Previously, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that implementing H.R. 5332 would cost $15 million over the 2017-2021 period, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. However, the updated text removes certain provisions regarding training of DoD personnel, and CBO estimates enacting H.R. 5332 would cost less than $500,000 annually. An updated score is not currently available.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1828.