Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement after the subcommittee unanimously passed HRES 131 --" Concerning the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," which among other measures calls for the appointment of a Special Envoy as part of a comprehensive approach to resolving the humanitarian crisis in the Great Lakes Region:
"Today's mark-up is an important step forward in raising awareness within the U.S. Congress and among all Americans of this horrific and tragic crisis in the DRC. To date, this legislation has the support of nearly 60 Democrats and Republicans in the House and efforts are currently underway to introduce a similar piece of legislation in the Senate. It has also received significant support from the NGO community.
Ranking Member Bass concluded by saying, "There has been a great deal of discussion around the need for a Special Envoy to the DRC and the Great Lakes Region. This legislation calls for such an envoy and Secretary Kerry, in testimony before both the House and the Senate, has indicated his plan to make an appointment. I am pleased that this effort is making progress and urge the Secretary to move swiftly to make his decision and develop a comprehensive strategy that relies on diplomacy and engagement to address the complex set of issues that stand as barriers to peace and stability in the DRC and the region."