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House to Vote on Iran Resolution (Read it Here)

June 18, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Howard Berman [D, CA-28] and House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Mike Pence [R, IN-6] have come to an agreement on resolution language in response to the events in Iran, and the House is set to take a vote on it tomorrow. Here’s the full text of the resolution:

H. Res. ________

Expressing support for all Iranian citizens who struggle for freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and the protection of the rule of law

Resolved, that the House of Representatives —

(1) expresses its support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law;

(2) condemns the ongoing violence against demonstrators by the Government of Iran and pro-government militias, as well as the ongoing government suppression of independent electronic communication through interference with the Internet and cellphones; and

(3) affirms the universality of individual rights and the importance of democratic and fair elections.

A previous version (.pdf) of the resolution, introduced a couple days ago by Pence, had a long preamble that has been wiped out entirely. Point (2) has also been changed in this version. It used to read, “condemns the ongoing violence against demonstrators by the Government of Iran, pro-government militias, and affiliated entities against the people of Iran, which has escalated since the June 12, 2009, process of selecting Iran’s next political leader.”

(h/t Attackerman)

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