S.J.Res 32: A joint resolution recognizing the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War and reaffirming the United States-Korea alliance

S.J.Res 32

A joint resolution recognizing the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War and reaffirming the United States-Korea alliance

Sponsor
Sen. Richard Burr

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

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

S.J.Res. 32 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 Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) on June 16, 2010. The Senate passed the resolution on the same day by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

S.J.Res. 32 resolves that Congress:

  • “Recognizes the historical importance of the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950;
  • “Honors the noble service and sacrifice of the United States Armed Forces and the armed forces of allied countries that served in Korea since 1950 to the present;
  • “Encourages all Americans to participate in commemorative activities to pay solemn tribute to, and to never forget, the veterans of the Korean War; and
  • “Reaffirms the commitment of the United States to its alliance with the Republic of Korea for the betterment of peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.”

Background

On June 27, 1950, President Harry Truman ordered the U.S. Armed Forces to help the Republic of Korea defend itself against the North Korean invasion. The hostilities ended in a cease-fire on July 27, 1953, and the Korean peninsula still technically remains in a state of war. Approximately 1,789,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces served in-theater along with the forces of the Republic of Korea and 20 other members of the United Nations. U.S. casualties during the Korean War included 54,246 dead, more than 92,100 wounded, and approximately 8,176 listed as missing in action or prisoners of war. The Republic of Korea has emerged from a war-torn economy into one of the major economies in the world and one of the largest trading partners of the U.S.