CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Con.Res. 151 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID) on June 12, 2009.
H.Con.Res. 151 resolves that it is the sense of Congress that China's Government immediately release Liu Xiaobo and begin making strides toward true representative democracy.
Liu Xiaobo is a Chinese human rights activist. According to the resolution's findings, on December 10, 2008, Liu Xiaobo led 302 determined colleagues in issuing a manifesto calling on the Chinese Communist Party to abandon totalitarian government in favor of democracy. He was arrested shortly before the manifesto was released, and has been detained ever since. In the document, Liu Xiaobo wrote that, "The most fundamental principles of democracy are that the people are sovereign, and that the people select their own government."