CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 398 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) on May 4, 2009.
H.Res. 398 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, and commends all of the operation's United States veterans for their valor and determination to represent the noble ideals that thwarted the fall of the Iron Curtain over Berlin's western strongholds;
• "Honors the veterans of the Berlin Airlift who lost their lives to bring the means of survival and sustenance to civilians under siege in the service to their country;
• "Commends the spirit of collaboration which characterized this united allied operation involving both military and civilian aircraft and crews; and
• "Honors the men and women of the United States military whose continued dedication to the ideals of integrity, compassion, and liberty upholds the honorable legacy of the United States Armed Forces, as illustrated by the Berlin Airlift, and renews our faith in the power of freedom and goodness to prevail over tyranny."
According to the resolution's findings, the commitment of the United States to aid the besieged people of Berlin in 1949 resulted in the tragic loss of 101 allied personnel, of which 31 were United States casualties. The Berlin Airlift sent a clear message to the Soviet Union that the United States held an unquestionable commitment and unwavering resolve to prevent tyranny in Europe.