CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 1391 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on May 25, 2010.
H.Res. 1391 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Congratulates Israel for its accession to membership in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
• "Commends the 31 nations of the OECD, as well as OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, for recognizing Israel's economic success as well as its commitment to the principles of democratic government and market economy by unanimously electing Israel to OECD membership;
• "Recognizes the importance of the strong role played by the United States in Israel's successful bid for accession to membership in the OECD; and
• "Calls on responsible nations to support efforts by Israel to accede to membership or enhance its participation, as the case may be, in international forums."
According to the resolution's findings, on May 10, 2010, the 31 OECD member states unanimously agreed to invite Israel to become a member of that organization, with the OECD noting in a statement that "Israel's scientific and technological policies have produced outstanding outcomes on a world scale."