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H.R.2829: To promote transparency, accountability, and reform within the United Nations system, and for other purposes

Blue Says: The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) is expected to appeal to the UN for statehood recognition this month. The United States will veto it when it comes to the Security Council first, but the measure will pass in the general assembly. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen has a backwards, if not totally delusional, concept of how international pressures work. This bill is inspired by President George H.W. Bush’s actions in 1989, when the UN decided against granting statehood to then-PLO leader Yasser Arafat. It backfired then, and it would backfire again.

Important Points:

  • Withholding funding for UNRWA will leave millions of Palestinian refugees without access to food, medicine, and job opportunities; experience shows that when this kind of vacuum exists, militant groups like Hamas will fill it and will find recruits
  • Recognized Statehood would give PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salad Fayyad a stronger position against their Hamas opponents; the stronger Fatah becomes, the weaker Hamas is
  • Providing a path to negotiations in which the PA is Israel’s equal (in name if not in power) gives Palestinians a reason to put their faith in negotiations rather than in upheaval

Blue Votes: Nay, Hell Nay


S.J.Res.20: A joint resolution authorizing the limited use of United States Armed Forces in support of the NATO mission in Libya

Important Points:

  • Emphasizes that Operation Odyssey Dawn and Operation Unified Protector are NATO missions given authority by U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973
  • Would prohibit ground combat operations except to rescue US or NATO personnel or forces
  • Would prohibit deployment for reconstruction efforts
  • Would require the President to brief Congress on operations every 30 days

Blue Votes: Yay

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