H.Con.Res. 41: Encouraging Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula

H.Con.Res. 41

Encouraging Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula

Sponsor
Rep. Charles B. Rangel

Date
July 31, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, the House will consider H.Con.Res. 41, a bill Encouraging Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula, as amended,under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on June 25, 2013 by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.  The bill was additionally referred to the Committee on Armed Services. 

Bill Summary

H.Con.Res. 41 recognizes the importance of the Korean War, and honors the service and sacrifice of U.S. Armed Forces and the armed forces of allied countries that served or continue to serve in Korea.  The resolution also reaffirms the commitment of the U.S. to its alliance with South Korea, and calls upon North Korea to abide by international law and cease its nuclear proliferation efforts.  This would allow talks to resume, which could lead to peace and reunification.

Background

The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), is a veteran of the Korean War.  The bill has three other original co-sponsors: Reps. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Sam Johnson (R-TX), and Howard Coble (R-NC) in addition to Rep. Rangel are the four remaining veterans of the Korean War in Congress.

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea.  The war concluded in an armistice on July 27, 1953 which divided the country and created a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two countries along the 38th parallel.  This has divided over 10 million South Koreans from their families in North Korea.  The DMZ is a three mile wide buffer which is currently one of the most heavily guarded and armed borders in the world.   The North Korean military has developed a nuclear weapons program, and has conducted multiple tests in violation of international norms on nuclear testing and proliferation.  Today, more than 60 years after the war’s outbreak, there are 28,500 active duty American men and women stationed in South Korea near the DMZ.

Cost

There is no CBO score currently available.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.