Bipartisan House Resolution in Support of US and Lebanon Relationship
Current Cosponsors: Darin LaHood (R-IL), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Ralph Abraham (R-LA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
We invite you to join us in cosponsoring a House Resolution recognizing the challenges posed to long-term stability in Lebanon by the conflict in Syria. Lebanon has faced tremendous hardship in accepting a refugee population of more than 1.5 million, totaling over one third of their population, as the Syrian conflict continues to devastate the region. Despite this, Lebanon has not only taken in these refugees during a time of political uncertainty, but has accomplished a smooth transition to a new government through a democratic election, protected the multi-party system, and worked to maintain a fragile infrastructure system to support the growing population.
The United States has a history of supporting Lebanon as a democratic ally in the region and continues to provide assistance and supplies for the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). The Lebanese government and the LAF have been instrumental in the fight against ISIS and other extremist groups while continuing to maintain a stable democracy within their own borders. Now, we must recognize the challenges that still remain and formally illustrate our acknowledgment of the support that Lebanon has provided the United States and the international community by working to protect the influx of refugees and end the violence in Syria. This Resolution will also recognize the value and importance of secure, dignified, and sustainable safe zones that will help resettle displaced refugees back to their homeland, a policy that has been proposed and supported by the new Administration and stakeholders in the international community.
Similar legislation was introduced last Congress with 21 bipartisan cosponsors.