H.Con.Res. 209: Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. hostages in Iran

H.Con.Res. 209

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. hostages in Iran

Sponsor
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Date
November 7, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Con.Res. 209 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Friday, November 6, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) on November 6, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Con.Res. 209 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the 30th anniversary of the Iranian hostage crisis, during which 52 United States citizens were held hostage for 444 days;
• "Honors the sacrifice and service of the United States diplomats and military personnel held hostage and the servicemen who lost their lives and were wounded in a valiant attempt to free the United States hostages;
• "Expresses its support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law; and
• Urges the Secretary of State to make every effort to assist United States citizens held hostage in Iran at any time during the period beginning on November 4, 1979, and ending on January 20, 1981, and their survivors in matters of compensation related to such citizens' detention."

Background

According to the resolution findings, a total of 52 United States citizens were held hostage for 444 days until January 20, 1981, in isolated and under psychologically intimidating and onerous conditions.