H.Res. 641: Recognizing the 60th anniversary of the founding of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

H.Res. 641

Recognizing the 60th anniversary of the founding of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Date
November 3, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.Res. 641 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) on July 14, 2009, and referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, which took no official action.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 641 would express the sense that the House of Representatives:

 

•  "Recognizes the 60th anniversary of the founding of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and honors its contribution to promoting freedom and liberty around the world; and

•  "Commends the employees and reporters of RFE/RL for their commitment to provide fair and unbiased news to people living under oppressive regimes."

 

Background

According to the resolution's findings, Radio Free Europe was founded in 1949 to promote democratic values to countries behind the Iron Curtain. Since its creation Radio Free Europe has been touted for its importance in bringing an unbiased message to people struggling for freedom. In 1991, Radio Free Europe was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by the President of Estonia. Radio Free Europe, which now broadcasts in 28 languages to 30 million listeners in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, the Middle East, and Central and Southwest Asia, celebrates its 60th year of existence in 2009.