S 109

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 109

To amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to require congressional approval of agreements for peaceful nuclear cooperation with foreign countries, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 25 (legislative day, January 5), 2011

Mr. ENSIGN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to require congressional approval of agreements for peaceful nuclear cooperation with foreign countries, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. REQUIREMENT FOR CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL OF AGREEMENTS FOR PEACEFUL NUCLEAR COOPERATION.

    (a) Cooperation With Other Nations- Section 123 d. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2153 d.) is amended in the first sentence--

      (1) by striking `not' the first and second place it appears;

      (2) by inserting `only' after `effective' the first place it appears; and

      (3) by striking `: Provided further,' and all that follows through `such agreement'.

    (b) Subsequent Arrangements- Section 131 a.(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 2160 a.(1)) is amended--

      (1) in the second sentence, by striking `security,' and all that follows and inserting `security.'; and

      (2) by inserting after the second sentence the following: `Such subsequent arrangement shall not take effect unless the Congress enacts a joint resolution of approval, according to the procedures of sections 123 d. and 130 i. of this Act. Any such nuclear proliferation assessment statement shall be submitted to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate no later than the 31st day of continuous session after submission of the subsequent arrangement.'.

SEC. 2. INITIATIVES AND NEGOTIATIONS RELATING TO AGREEMENTS FOR PEACEFUL NUCLEAR COOPERATION.

    Section 123 e. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2153(e)) is amended to read as follows:

    `e. The President shall keep the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate fully and currently informed of any initiative or negotiations relating to a new or amended agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation pursuant to this section prior to the President's announcement of such initiative or negotiations. The President shall consult with the appropriate congressional committees concerning such initiative or negotiations beginning not less than 15 calendar days after the initiation of any such negotiations, or the receipt or transmission of a draft agreement, whichever occurs first, and monthly thereafter until such time as the negotiations are concluded.'.

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