Today, after President Mubarak stepped down, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced a House Resolution expressing solidarity with the people of Egypt as they begin their democratic transition. Rep. Schiff released the following statement, and the resolution is attached:
"It is impossible to watch the images coming from Egypt of huge numbers of ordinary Egyptians -- young and old, secular and religious, men and women, rich and poor -- and not be deeply moved by their struggle to bring democracy and human rights to one of the world's great civilizations.
"Ultimately, the Egyptian people control their political destiny, but the stakes are high for the United States as well. If Egypt succeeds in building a functioning, credible democracy in the heart of the Arab world, it could lead to a new era for hundreds of millions of people. However, if Egypt's young, educated and underemployed protestors fail in their bid to replace the current regime with one that is democratic and accountable to the people, it could further destabilize and radicalize the Middle East.
"We need to do everything that we can to support the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people in this pivotal hour. We have a moral obligation to support Egypt's broad-based, organic democratic revolution. This resolution will make it clear to the Egyptian people that the United States House of Representatives stands with them now and shares their hopes for a freer, more prosperous Egypt."
Rep. Schiff serves on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees the Nation's intelligence activities, as well as the State Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee, which plays a central role in the formation and execution of U.S. foreign policy.