CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Con.Res. 36 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. Robert Wexler (D-FL) on February 3, 2009.
H.Con.Res. 36 resolves that Congress:
• "Commends the Embassy of Switzerland in Tehran, Iran, and the Government of Switzerland for the ongoing assistance to the Government of the United States and to the family of Robert Levinson, particularly during the visit by Christine Levinson and other relatives to Iran in December 2007;
• "Notes that Iranian officials ensured the safety of the family of Robert Levinson during their December 2007 visit to Iran, and have promised their continued assistance;
• "Urges the Government of Iran, as a humanitarian gesture, to intensify its cooperation on the case of Robert Levinson with the Embassy of Switzerland in Tehran and to share the results of its investigation into the disappearance of Robert Levinson with the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
• "Urges the President and the allies of the United States to raise at every opportunity in all appropriate multilateral and bilateral fora the case of Robert Levinson; and
• "Expresses sympathy to the family of Robert Levinson during this trying period."
According to the resolution's findings, Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent, traveled from Dubai to Kish Island, Iran, on March 8, 2007. After checking into the Hotel Maryam, he disappeared on March 9, 2007. Neither his family nor the U.S. Government has received further information on his fate or whereabouts, and March 9, 2009, marked the second anniversary of his disappearance.
The Government of Switzerland, which has served as Protecting Power for the United States in Iran in the absence of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Iran since 1980, has pressed the Government of Iran on the case of Robert Levinson and lent assistance and support to the Levinson family during their December 2007 visit to Iran. Iran promised assistance to the relatives of Robert Levinson during the family's visit in December 2007.