CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Con.Res. 111 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) on April 28, 2009.
H.Con.Res. 111 resolves that Congress:
• "Recognizes the independence of the State of Israel as a significant event in providing refuge and a national homeland for the Jewish people;
• "Commends the bipartisan commitment of all United States administrations and United States Congresses since 1948 to stand by Israel and work for its security and well-being;
• "Congratulates the United States and Israel for the strengthening of bilateral relations in recent years in the fields of defense, diplomacy, and homeland security, and encourages both nations to continue their cooperation in resolving future mutual challenges; and
• "Extends warm congratulations and best wishes to the people of Israel as they celebrate the 61st anniversary of Israel's independence."
According to the resolution's findings, the State of Israel was established as a sovereign and independent nation on May 14, 1948. The United States was one of the first nations to recognize Israel, only minutes after its creation. Israel has provided a refuge to Jews who survived the horrors of the Holocaust and contains many religious sites which are sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Israel, with a population of over 7 million, is a parliamentary democracy and is currently led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.