CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 873 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) on October 27, 2009.
H.Res. 873 would resolve that the House of Representatives "calls on the Department of State to establish a United States Consulate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq."
According to the resolution's findings, 15 countries have diplomatic and consulate representation in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and the establishment of a U.S. Consulate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq would be consistent with current policy to normalize bilateral U.S.-Iraq relations at the diplomatic, commercial, cultural, and educational levels as the United States Armed Forces redeploys from Iraq.