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S 495 - Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat Reduction Act - National Key Vote

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Title: Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat Reduction Act

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that would establish criminal penalties for possession of chemical or biological weapons.

Highlights:

  • Declares that it should be U.S. policy to take all appropriate measures to prevent and deter the threat or use of chemical or biological weapons.
  • Suggests that it should be U.S. policy to discourage proliferation and prohibit development of chemical or biological weapons within the U.S.
  • Requires that the death penalty or life sentence be imposed on anyone whose use of such weapons results in the death of another individual.
  • Authorizes the President to suspend a person's right to export any goods or technology from the U.S. if the individual violates any chemical or biological weapons laws.
  • Requires the President, after consulting with Congress, to impose at least 5 different sanctions for three years on any foreign government that uses chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law.
  • Mandates that the President report annually to the Speaker and specified congressional committees regarding proliferation by foreign countries, as well as foreign persons and subnational groups assisting in proliferation.
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that the armed forces should place more emphasis protecting deployed troops from chemical and biological weapons attacks.
  • Prohibits the President from issuing orders that diminish the right of law enforcement officials to use riot control agents on a domestic level.

Title: Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat Reduction Act

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