Explanation of Measures in the House 2009

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“A Fresh Approach to U.S.-Colombia Policy” Dear Colleague Letter to Secretary Clinton

In late 2009, Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Donald Payne (D-NJ), and Mike Honda (D-CA) initiated a letter to be sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for a fresh approach on U.S. policy toward Colombia. This letter, intending to affect the administration’s FY2011 budget request, called for a substantial decrease in military spending in Colombia and an increase in U.S. support for human rights and humanitarian efforts. Those members of Congress marked with an X co-signed this letter, which was sent on December 9th, 2009. Click here to read it in its final form.

Condemning the Coup in Honduras H. Res. 630

House Resolution 630, introduced by Representatives Bill Delahunt (D-MA), José Serrano (D-NY), and Jim McGovern (D-MA), would condemn the June 28, 2009, coup d'etat in Honduras, call for the reinstatement of democratically-elected President Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales, urge the Obama Administration to continue to refuse to recognize the de facto Micheletti government and suspend non-humanitarian assistance, and welcome the mediation efforts of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias.

HR 2076

HR 2076, introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), would help address and prevent the harm caused by border walls to communities and natural resources, as well as require federal authorities to work cooperatively and transparently with local, state, and tribal leaders to devise a border security strategy that is humane, ecologically-sound, fair, and effective.

Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act HR 874

Reps. Bill Delahunt (D, MA-10) and Rep. Jeff Flake (R, AZ-6) introduced HR 874 which would prohibit the President from regulating or prohibiting travel to or from Cuba by U.S. citizens or legal residents or any of the transactions ordinarily incident to such travel, except in time of war or armed hostilities between the United States and Cuba, or of imminent danger to the public health or the physical safety of U.S. travelers.