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Kinzinger & Connolly Introduce the Georgia Support Act

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Washington, January 17, 2019 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Yesterday, the co-chairs of the House Georgia Caucus, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), introduced the Georgia Support Act.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the co-chairs of the House Georgia Caucus, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), introduced H.R. 598, the Georgia Support Act. The legislation asserts the United States of America’s continued support for the independence and sovereignty of Georgia, recognizes Georgia’s commitment to democratic values including free and fair elections, and affirms U.S. opposition to Russian aggression in the region.

In Georgia’s occupied regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Russia has fomented unrest, aided separatist movements, and committed serious human rights abuses, including ongoing detentions and killings. Russian forces continue to harass civilian communities along the administrative boundary line and impede the right of return of internally displaced persons. The Georgia Support Act bolsters Georgia’s territorial integrity by authorizing sanctions against those responsible for or complicit in human rights violations in these occupied territories.

“For years, Georgia has worked towards independence and complete separation from an aggressive and encroaching neighbor in Russia. I believe the United States plays a pivotal role in encouraging our Georgian allies, and this legislation solidifies our support for their sovereignty and security,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “Thank you to my colleague, Rep. Connolly, for his work and commitment to a strong U.S.-Georgia partnership.”

“I am proud to reintroduce the Georgia Support Act, which strengthens the vital U.S.-Georgia partnership, a strategically important relationship in a critical part of the world. This bill demonstrates the United States' robust support of Georgia's sovereignty, continued democratic development, and security, especially in the face of Russian aggression,” said Congressman Connolly.As the head of the U.S. delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, I am pleased that this bill recognizes that Georgia has been a longstanding NATO-aspirant country.”

The Georgia Support Act passed the House during the 115th Congress with overwhelming support. The full text of the bill can be found attached, and here.

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