House passes adoption bill

The House passed a Senate bill on adoptions during a pro forma session Monday.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Accuracy for Adoptees Act, which amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow state courts to change birth certificates of adopted children.

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S. 1614 requires that a certificate of citizenship reflect the child's name and date of birth as indicated on a state court order, birth certificate, certificate of foreign birth, certificate of birth abroad, or similar state vital records document issued by the child's U.S. state of residence after the child has been adopted or readopted in that state.

The Senate passed the bill before leaving town last week for the holiday. The bill now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature before becoming law.

The House, however, did not pass an adjournment resolution, S.Con.Res.30, which would allow the House and Senate to stop holding pro forma sessions.

The Senate will hold a pro forma session at noon on Tuesday; the House won’t have its next pro forma until noon on Thursday.