US SB615 | 2021-2022 | 117th Congress


Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill
Status: Introduced on March 5 2021 - 25% progression
Action: 2021-03-24 - Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]


Provides statutory authority for the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Program, an interagency program launched in 2005 to partner with countries in the Sahel and Maghreb regions of Africa to counter terrorism and violent extremism. The Department of State, in consultation with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development, shall establish the partnership program, which must coordinate all U.S. programs in North and West Africa related to various counterterrorism activities, such as building foreign-military capacity, enhancing border security, promoting youth employment, and supporting independent media to counter terrorist propaganda. The State Department must submit comprehensive, five-year strategies that include specified activities for the Sahel and Maghreb regions and for program counterterrorism efforts. Further, program activities must, among other things (1) be carried out in countries where there is an adequate level of partner country committment, and (2) have clearly defined outcomes and specific plans with indicators to regularly monitor and evaluate outcomes and impact. Such activities must also take into account the counterterrorism and development strategies of partner countries and align with such strategies to the extent possible. The State Department shall notify Congress before obligating funds for such programs, and must submit annual reports about program activities.

Tracking Information

Register now for our free OneVote public service or GAITS Pro trial account and you can begin tracking this and other legislation, all driven by the real-time data of the LegiScan API. Providing tools allowing you to research pending legislation, stay informed with email alerts, content feeds, and share dynamic reports. Use our new PolitiCorps to join with friends and collegaues to monitor & discuss bills through the process.

Monitor Legislation or view this same bill number from multiple sessions or take advantage of our national legislative search.


Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Program Act of 2021



2021-03-24SenateCommittee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
2021-03-05SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Same As/Similar To

HB567 (Related) 2021-07-12 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.


Border security and unlawful immigration
Congressional oversight
Criminal investigation, prosecution, interrogation
Diplomacy, foreign officials, Americans abroad
Economic development
Foreign aid and international relief
Foreign and international banking
Government ethics and transparency, public corruption
Government information and archives
Human rights
International affairs
International organizations and cooperation
Judicial procedure and administration
Law enforcement administration and funding
Military assistance, sales, and agreements
Military education and training
News media and reporting
Performance measurement
Political movements and philosophies
Rule of law and government transparency
Sovereignty, recognition, national governance and status
Women's education
Youth employment and child labor

US Congress State Sources

Bill Comments