Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement after signing a letter circulated by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) asking for language to block funding for the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in the most recent State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill:
"My colleagues and I have consistently called on the President to withhold support from the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, which would subject the United States Constitution to shifting international law and place our Second Amendment rights in jeopardy. However, with the Administration's decision earlier this month to agree to the Treaty in the UN General Assembly, it is time for us to act.
"That is why I have signed off on a letter to Chairman Kay Granger and Ranking Member Nita Lowey of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee, asking for language to be included in the bill blocking funding for the implementation of this Treaty. Although Constitutionally the Senate must achieve a two-thirds majority to officially approve the Treaty, we must not allow a single taxpayer dollar to be wasted laying the groundwork for this mess. I will fight this Administration's continued assault on our Second Amendment rights and will use every avenue in my power to ensure law-abiding South Louisianans are guaranteed the right to responsibly bear arms."