CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 1032 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) on January 21, 2010.
H.Res. 1032 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "All efforts should be made to find those responsible for the violent drug-related killings of innocent United States and Mexican citizens throughout Mexico, including the people who killed Mr. Salcedo;
• "The extreme violence by the Mexican drug cartels has affected and continues to affect the lives of thousands of innocent people in Mexico, the United States, and around the world; and
• "The United States Congress should continue to support bilateral cooperation between the United States and Mexico to break the power of the Mexican drug cartels, curtail violence, reduce arms trafficking, and diminish the demand for drugs throughout North America."
According to the resolution's findings, the United States has appropriated over $1,300,000,000 under the Merida Initiative to Mexico to help break the power and impunity of the drug cartels, assist the Mexican Government in strengthening its military organizations, help improve the capacity of its justice system, curtail gang activity in Mexico, and diminish demand for drugs in the region.