Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, in October of 2009, the Obama administration reversed the policies of both President Clinton and President Bush by committing the United States to U.N. Arms Trade Treaty negotiations. Since then, Members of the House and Senate have voiced their strong opposition.
I joined 130 of my colleagues in sending a letter to the White House to express my concern about the dangers posed to Americans' Second Amendment rights. In the Senate, which must only approve the treaty by a two-thirds vote, a bipartisan coalition of Senators remains united in opposition to its ratification.
Despite overwhelming opposition from Congress and the American people, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty--a decision that is sure to have far-reaching consequences for American foreign policy and American sovereignty.
I have joined my colleagues in the House in sending another letter to the administration voicing our continued opposition to this misguided and dangerous policy.
I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to stand strong in their opposition.