CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 761 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) on September 22, 2009.
H.Res. 761 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Remembers and commemorates the lives and work of Father Ignacio Ellacuria, Ignacio Martin-Baro, Segundo Montes, Amando Lopez, Juan Ramon Moreno, Joaquin Lopez y Lopez, Julia Elba Ramos, and Celina Mariset Ramos;
• "Extends sympathy to the families, friends, colleagues and religious communities of the six Jesuit priests and two laywomen;
• "Recognizes the continuing academic, spiritual and social contributions of the University of Central America Jose Simeon Canas (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador;
• "Commends the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States for their solidarity with the UCA and annual remembrances of the Jesuit martyrs;
• "Continues to find inspiration in the lives and work of the Jesuit martyrs;
• "Remembers the seminal reports by Chairman John Joseph Moakley and the Speaker's Special Task Force on El Salvador in investigating the murders of the six priests and two laywomen;
• "Acknowledges the role played by the Speaker's Special Task Force, Congressman John Joseph Moakley, the Jesuit leadership of the UCA, and the Salvadoran judicial investigation and convictions in advancing negotiations to end the war so that the deaths of the Jesuit martyrs and two laywomen contributed directly to achieving the peace to which they had dedicated their lives;
• "Calls upon the people of the United States, academic institutions and religious congregations to participate in local, national and international events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the martyrdom of the six Jesuit priests and two laywomen;
• "Recognizes that while significant progress has been made during the post-war period, social and economic hardships persist among many sectors of Salvadoran society; and
• "Calls upon the President, the Secretary of State, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, and other United States' Federal departments and agencies to support and collaborate with the Government of El Salvador and other public, private, nongovernmental and religious organizations in efforts to reduce poverty and hunger and to promote educational opportunity, human rights, the rule of law and social equity for the people of El Salvador."
According to the resolution's findings, in the early morning hours of November 16, 1989, six Jesuit priests and faculty members of the Universidad Centroamericana Jose Simeon Can.AE6as (UCA) located in San Salvador, El Salvador - Father Ignacio Ellacuria, Ignacio Martin-Baro, Segundo Montes, Amando Lopez, Juan Ramon Moreno, and Joaquin Lopez y Lopez - and housekeeper Julia Elba Ramos and her daughter, Celina Mariset Ramos, were executed by members of the Salvadoran Army.