Congresswoman sponsors measure as new South Korean President prepares to deliver historic address to Joint Session of Congress Wednesday
On the eve of South Korea's new President addressing a joint session of Congress, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) introduced a bipartisian resolution today that reaffirms U.S. support for South Korea.
"I'm extremely proud to sponsor this important resolution as President Park Geun-hye -- the first female President of South Korea -- prepares to deliver her historic address to Congress," said Meng. "This resolution signifies the unbreakable bond that the United States shares with South Korea, a special relationship that continues to flourish. With tensions still high on the Korean peninsula, it is more important than ever that America stand-by its great friend and ally South Korea, and this resolution makes that steadfast support crystal clear to the entire world. I urge swift passage of this critical measure."
Substantiates and affirms the unyielding support of the people of the United States for a secure Republic of Korea through our commitment to the Mutual Defense Treaty and other measures to deter North Korean aggression and provocation; and
Expresses the sense of The House of Representatives that the relationship between the Republic of Korea and the United States is one of great strength and mutual benefit; and
Recommits to strengthening the economic, military and cultural ties that provide both nations with such a valuable partner in confronting the economic and security challenges of the 21st century.
Congratulates President Park Geun-hye on her historic election to the presidency of the Republic of Korea; and
Welcomes President Park's visit to Washington, DC on May 6, 2013 to May 8, 2013; and
Wishes President Park well during her tenure of leadership.
The measure also notes several important milestones and facts about the U.S.-South Korea relationship.
The resolution, which is also sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), has been referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the panel with jurisdiction over U.S. policy towards South Korea, and all other nations across the globe. Meng is a member of the committee.
The resolution must only be approved by the House; it does not need to be passed by the Senate or signed into law by the President.