Bill in House to Protect Cultural Property  

Legislation to protect cultural property worldwide and curb ISIL funding by prohibiting import of Syrian antiquities was introduced into the House by Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) on November 13, 2014. The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (H.R. 5703) would take steps to coordinate efforts across governments to preserve cultural artifacts where they may be threatened by conflict, instability, or natural disaster. The full text of the bill, which notes the role of the Smithsonian Institution, can be found here.