CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Con.Res. 89 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) on March 30, 2009.
H.Con.Res. 89 resolves that Congress:
• "Supports the goals and objectives of the 2009 Prague Conference on Holocaust Era Assets;
• "Applauds the Government of the Czech Republic for its decision to host the Prague Conference and its unwavering commitment to address out standing Holocaust-era issues;
• "Expresses strong support for the decision to make the economic, social, housing, and health care needs of Holocaust survivors a major focus of the Prague Conference;
• "Urges the countries in Central and Eastern Europe, which have not already done so, to return looted and confiscated properties to their rightful owners or, where restitution is not possible, pay equitable compensation to the rightful owners in accordance with principles of justice and in an expeditious manner that is just, transparent, and fair;
• "Calls on the President to send a high-level official, such as the Secretary of State, to represent the United States at the Prague Conference; and
• "Urges other invited nations to participate at a similarly high level."
According to the resolution's findings, the Government of the Czech Republic will host a Conference on Holocaust Era Assets in Prague from June 26 through June 30, 2009. The Prague Conference will review the 1998 Washington Conference on Holocaust Era Assets. The Conference is expected to take stock of issues agreed on at the Washington Conference, including financial assets, bank accounts, insurance issues, and other financial property. These conferences seek to address issues of property confiscation during the Holocaust in Central and Eastern Europe.