CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 1215 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Thursday, March 25, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) on March 24, 2010.
H.Res. 1215 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Expresses its strong support for the people of Bangladesh;
• "Encourages the strengthening and consolidation of democracy in Bangladesh one year after the election;
• "Urges the Government of Bangladesh to work together with all political leaders to continue and deepen reconciliation;
• "Appreciates the Government of Bangladesh for making progress in meeting the selection criteria of the Millennium Challenge Corporation;
• "Urges the Government of Bangladesh to protect the rights of religious and ethnic minorities in Bangladesh, including the Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Ahmadis, and non-Muslim tribal peoples;
• "Urges the Anti-Corruption Commission in Bangladesh to continue its efforts to eradicate corruption;
• "Urges the President to coordinate with Bangladesh on matters pertaining to security, economic progress, and human rights in South Asia; and
• "Encourages the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development to commit increased resources in supporting the building of a strong civil society and eradicating poverty in Bangladesh."
According to the resolution's findings, March 26 is the anniversary of Bangladesh's independence. The Constitution of Bangladesh was ratified in 1972 following a war of independence and it established a democracy ruled by and for the people of Bangladesh.