H.Res. XX: Recognizing the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of the United States- Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security and expressing appreciation to the Government of Japan and the Japanese people for enhancing peace, prosperity, and security in the As

H.Res. XX

Recognizing the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of the United States- Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security and expressing appreciation to the Government of Japan and the Japanese people for enhancing peace, prosperity, and security in the As

Date
June 23, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. XX is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on June 23, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.Res. XX would resolve that the House of Representatives:

  • “Recognizes Japan as an indispensable security partner of the United States in providing peace, prosperity, and stability to the Asia-Pacific region;
  • “Recognizes that the broad support and understanding of the Japanese people are indispensable for the stationing of the United States Armed Forces in Japan, the core element of the United States-Japan security arrangements that protect6 both Japan and the Asia-Pacific region from external threats and instability;
  • “Expresses its appreciation to the people of Japan, and especially on Okinawa, for their continued hosting of the United States Armed Forces;
  • “Encourages Japan to continue its international engagement in humanitarian, development, and environmental issues; and
  • “Anticipates another 50 years of unshakeable friendship and deepening cooperation under the auspices of the United States-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.

Background

According to the resolution's findings, January 19, 2010, marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the United States-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security which has played an indispensable role in ensuring the security and prosperity of both the U.S. and Japan, as well as in promoting regional peace and stability. The forward presence (approximately 36,000 personnel) of the U.S. Armed Forces in Japan, including in Okinawa, provides the deterrence and capabilities necessary for the defense of Japan and for the maintenance of Asia-Pacific peace, prosperity, and regional stability.