CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 5532 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) on June 15, 2010. The Committee on the Judiciary took no official action on the bill.
H.R. 5532 would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to include in the definition of "child" a child adopted under the age of 18 (16 under current law) who has been:
(1) in the custody of, and has resided with, the adopting parent or parents for at least two years; or
(2) battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by the adopting parent or a family member residing in the same household.
The bill would include in the definition of "child” certain children who have been adopted in a foreign country that is a signatory to the Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Convention) or who are emigrating from such a country for U.S. adoption.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had not produced a cost estimate for H.R. 5532 as of press time.