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Kinzinger-Led Legislation Passes the House

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Washington, January 24, 2019 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
This week, two bills co-sponsored by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) passed the House with strong, bipartisan support.
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Washington, DC – This week, two bills co-sponsored by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) passed the House with strong, bipartisan support. The 357-22 vote for H.R. 676, the NATO Support Act, showed the overwhelming support for the United States’ participation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and reaffirmed the value this alliance holds for America’s national security and the global world order. In support of H.R. 676, Congressman Kinzinger submitted remarks to the Congressional Record, which can be found here and on the Congressman’s website.

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (H.R. 31) passed by voice vote on Wednesday, and marks the third time the House has passed this bipartisan legislation to hold war criminals accountable. Congressman Kinzinger joined his House Foreign Affairs Committee colleagues in introducing this legislation in July 2016, in March 2017, and again on January 3, 2019. However, the bill has faced a road block in the Senate. Following the House passage of H.R. 31, Congressman Kinzinger released this statement:

“We know that Bashar al-Assad, and his Russian and Iranian backers, have committed countless war crimes, and our lack of action has empowered them to continue this genocide of the Syrian people. We know about these crimes because of brave individuals like Caesar, a Syrian defector from the Assad regime who shared thousands of photographs and documents proving the horrific war crimes carried out by these bad actors.

“I’m proud to see the House, once again, pass this important measure, and I implore my Senate colleagues to join us. Let’s pass the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act and make this law, so we can sanction regime officials involved in this torture and hold these war criminals accountable. This humanitarian crisis demands our attention, and our action.”

 

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