House Adopts Kinzinger-Connolly Georgia Support Act
Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 598, the Georgia Support Act, introduced by Congressmen Kinzinger and Connolly.
Washington, DC – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 598, the Georgia Support Act, which was introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and his House Foreign Affairs Committee colleague, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA). The legislation reaffirms the United States’ continued support for the independence and sovereignty of Georgia, and our opposition to Russian aggression in the region. Specifically, the bill bolsters Georgia’s territorial integrity by authorizing sanctions against those responsible for, or complicit in, human rights violations in the occupied territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Congressmen Kinzinger and Connolly controlled the floor debate on the bill and with bipartisan agreement urged the House to support their legislation, which ultimately passed by voice vote. Congressman Kinzinger’s floor remarks on H.R. 598 can be found on his YouTube page here.
“The United States plays a pivotal role in encouraging our Georgian allies to continue working towards independence and complete separation from their aggressive neighbor, Russia. I’m proud of their efforts and aspirations to join the NATO alliance, and applaud their commitment to democratic values,” said Kinzinger. “Today, the House reasserted the importance of a strong U.S.-Georgia partnership, and I thank my colleagues for their support, especially Rep. Connolly for his efforts to bring this to the floor.”
“With this vote, the House sends a clear and unequivocal statement of support to the people of Georgia in their struggle against an ever-looming Russian threat,” said Connolly. “As the head of the U.S. delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, I am particularly pleased that this bill recognizes that Georgia has been a longstanding NATO-aspirant country. I thank my colleague, Rep. Kinzinger, for working with me to protect and strengthen the relationship between Georgia and the United States.”
The House first passed the Georgia Support Act during the 115th Congress. Congressmen Kinzinger and Connolly reintroduced the legislation in the 116th Congress on January 16, 2019. Full text of the legislation can be found here.