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05-S2125 on Dec 16, 2005

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: increasing aid to avert humanitarian crisis in Congo
Source: Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act (S.2125)
    A bill to promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
  • Obligates a specified minimum amount under the Foreign Assistance Act, the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act, and the Arms Export Control Act for bilateral assistance programs in the DRC.
  • States that the US should work with other donor nations to increase international contributions to the DRC.
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that the DRC government should exercise control over its Armed Forces, stop the mass rapes by its armed forces, and hold those responsible accountable before an appropriate tribunal; and
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that the US should withhold assistance if the government of the DRC is not making sufficient progress towards accomplishing the policy objectives.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. OBAMA: There is a country embroiled in conflict that has not yet received the high-level attention or resources it needs. It's the Democratic Republic of Congo, and right now it is in the midst of a humanitarian catastrophe.

31,000 people are dying in the Congo each month and 3.8 million people have died in the previous 6 years. The country, which is the size of Western Europe, lies at the geographic heart of Africa and borders every major region across the continent. If left untended, Congo's tragedy will continue to infect Africa.

I believe that the United States can make a profound difference in this crisis. According to international aid agencies, there are innumerable cost-effective interventions that could be quickly undertaken--such as the provision of basic medical care, immunization and clean water--that could save thousands of lives. On the political front, sustained U.S. leadership could fill a perilous vacuum.


LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Became Public Law No. 109-456

  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: Increase aid to avert humanitarian crisis in Congo
  • Headline 2: Sponsored aid bill to avert humanitarian crisis in Congo

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Democrats participating in 05-S2125

Hillary Clinton s1oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Mark Dayton s1oMN Democratic Governor 
Richard Durbin s2iIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Tim Johnson s1oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Mary Landrieu s1oLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Mikulski s1oMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Barack Obama s2pIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 

Republicans participating in 05-S2125

Sam Brownback s2iKS Republican Governor 
Susan Collins s1oME Republican Sr Senator 
Mike DeWine s2iOH Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2006) 
James Inhofe s1oOK Republican Sr Senator 

Independents participating in 05-S2125

Joseph Lieberman s1oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 8
Republicans: 4
Independents: 1

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