H.Res. 1303: Recognizing the close friendship and historical ties between the United Kingdom and the United States

H.Res. 1303

Recognizing the close friendship and historical ties between the United Kingdom and the United States

Date
May 12, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.Res. 1303 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) on April 27, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 1303 would resolve that the House of Representatives:

  • "Recognizes the profound friendship between the United Kingdom and the United States;
  • "Expresses sincere gratitude to the people of the United Kingdom for their generosity, camaraderie, and cooperation with the people of the United States in military operations, foreign assistance, and other joint efforts throughout the world;
  • "Acknowledges the importance of the United Kingdom's political philosophy, law, and history on the cultural, political, and legal institutions of the United States;
  • "Looks forward to continued, deepening ties of friendship between the peoples of the United Kingdom and the United States."

 

Background

Scottish economist Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" greatly contributed to the free market economic foundation of the United States. The United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office reports that the United States is the largest source of foreign direct investment in the United Kingdom's economy, while the United Kingdom is the largest single investor in the United States economy. The special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States was further strengthened by the coordination of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan whose firm opposition to communism ultimately led to the fall of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the Iron Curtain.