Breaking News– U.S. House Of Representatives Passed H.R. 2003 At 12:58 EST – Coalition for H.R. 2003
U.S. House of Representatives voted “YES” unanimously to pass H.R. 2003! (more…)
U.S. House of Representatives voted “YES” unanimously to pass H.R. 2003!
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For Immediate Release
October 2nd, 2007
A GREAT DAY FOR AMERICA!
A GREATER DAY FOR ETHIOPIA!
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED
H.R. 2003 AT 12:58 EASTER STANDARD TIME
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2003 (Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007) on a unanimous vote at exactly 12:58 Eastern Standard Time. Donald Payne delivered an impassioned speech on the floor of the House urging members to pass the bill. He outlined the long train of human rights abuses that have taken place in Ethiopia over the past two years. He said the people of Ethiopia deserve democracy and human rights and a government of their choice.
Congressman Chris Smith, similarly delivered an impassioned speech and recounted Zenawi’s arrogant lecture that he planned to imprison all of the opposition leaders. Smith joined Payne in insisting that the U.S. demand of the Ethiopian government accountability for the aid that it receives and compliance with human rights laws.
All Ethiopians should take this opportunity to thank Congressmen Donald Payne, Chris Smith, Tom Lantos and Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer for their support in getting this legislation passed. When we needed their help, we called upon them . NOW IT IS TIME TO CALL AND SAY: “THANK YOU.”
The Coalition will issue further statements on action in the Senate soon.