CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 535 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Del. Eni Faleomavaega (D-AS) on June 11, 2009.
H.Res. 535 resolves that the House of Representatives:
"Commends the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions for calling upon all nations to live in peace and mutual understanding;
"Supports freedom of religion and conscience throughout the world as a fundamental human right and as a source of stability for all countries; and
"Recognizes Kazakhstan for initiating the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions and for having been selected by the Secretariat to host the second and third Congress."
According to the resolution's findings, in 2003 the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions was established. The purpose of the Congress is to advance tolerance, development, and security through religion. The Congress provides a forum for improving understanding and mutual cooperation among religious communities from around the world. The world's major religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, and Taoism are represented in the organization. The third Congress will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, July 1-2, 2009.
Some Members may be concerned that Republicans on the Foreign Affairs Committee oppose consideration of this measure in light of concerns raised by various human rights organizations and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.