H.Res. 892: Recognizing the 20th anniversary of the remarkable events leading to the end of the Cold War and the creation of a Europe, whole, free, and at peace

H.Res. 892

Recognizing the 20th anniversary of the remarkable events leading to the end of the Cold War and the creation of a Europe, whole, free, and at peace

Date
November 7, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 892 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Friday, November 6, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) November 5, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 892 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the events of 1989 that helped lead to the end of the Cold War;
• "Congratulates the countries of Central and Eastern Europe who have made great progress in the past 20 years and emerged as strong, vibrant democracies;
• "Expresses strong support and friendship for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and reaffirms its commitment to the solemn obligations set forth in article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty;
• "Welcomes the commitment by the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to keep the door to membership open for all European countries which meet the conditions for accession; and
• "Supports the continued efforts to create a Europe whole, free and at peace."

Background

According to the resolution findings, on November 24, 1989, months of protests by pro-democracy forces in Czechoslovakia led by leader Vaclav Havel resulted in the culmination of the "Velvet Revolution" and the en masse resignation of the entire Czechoslovak ruling Politburo, followed by the resignation of President Gustav Husak on December 10, and a new democratic beginning with the election of President Havel on December 29.