Sending Office: Honorable Christopher H. Smith
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Co-Sponsor H.R. 6207 Democratic Republic of Congo Democracy and Accountability Act 

Smith (NJ),
, Royce,
Engel, Sherman, Cicilline, Wilson, Chabot

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in facilitating a peaceful transition of power in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by becoming an cosponsor of H.R 6207 “Democratic
Republic of the Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018
”.  This bill will promote free and fair elections in the DRC by imposing sanctions on high-level individuals who are undermining democratic processes and institutions in the country
as well as those who are responsible for extrajudicial killings and have engaged in public corruption. Alongside sanctions, funding for humanitarian assistance to the Congolese people will be provided.

With respect to the ongoing political situation in the DRC, President Joseph Kabila has deliberately stalled planned elections despite completing his constitutionally mandated
two terms. The Congolese government and security forces have curtailed anti-government mobilization through excessive use of force on peaceful protestors, shut downs of media outlets, and targeted arrests of activists. At the same time, the majority of Congolese
people believe that President Kabila should have stepped down from office when his term expired in December 2016; to date, elections have been delayed.

As a consequence of political insecurity and violence, more than 1.4 million people have been internally displaced, while greater than 30,000 Congolese have fled the country.
Approximately 7.7 million people in the DRC are acutely food insecure according to the United Nations. The United States Congress has provided significant development aid, security assistance, and emergency humanitarian assistance to the DRC. This bill will
continue to provide robust assistance and collaborate with international relief organizations to respond to existing and emerging needs.

The U.S. has been committed to stability in the DRC including promoting free and fair elections and H.R. 6207 is a step in that direction.

To sign on, or if you have questions or would like to see the text of the bill, please contact Will Green at



Chris Smith                                                     Karen Bass

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