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Sending Office: Honorable J. French Hill
Sent By:
Dylan.Frost@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Current Cosponsors (74): David Cicilline, Rick Allen,
Colin Allred, Cynthia Axne, Brian Babin, Don Bacon, Jim Banks, Andy Barr, Gus Bilirakis, Mike Bost, Ken Buck, Steve Chabot,
Gilbert Cisneros, Paul Cook, Jim Cooper Luis Correa,
Jim Costa, 
Dan Crenshaw, John Curtis, Ron Estes, Brian Fitzpatrick, Bill Flores, Mike Gallagher, Lance Gooden, Mark Green, Glenn Grothman, Jody Hice, Bill Huizenga, Mike Johnson, Peter King, Adam Kinzinger, Doug LaMalfa, Doug Lamborn, Debbie Lesko,
Ted, Lieu, Daniel Lipinski, Zoe Lofgren, Stephen Lynch, Brian Mast, James McGovern,
Greg Meeks, Grace Meng, Paul Mitchell, John Moolenaar, Dan Newhouse,
Ilhan Omar,
 Gary Palmer, Scott Perry, Dean Phillips, Guy Reschenthaler, Denver Riggleman, Phil Roe, Max Rose, David Rouzer, Jim Sensenbrenner,
Brad Sherman, John Shimkus, Albio Sires, Chris Smith, Ross Spano, Steve Stivers, Scott Tipton,
David Trone, Ann Wagner, Jackie Walorski,  Bonnie Watson Coleman, Tim Walberg,
Steve Watkins, Randy Weber, Brad Wenstrup, Joe Wilson, Robert Wittman, Ron Wright, Ted Yoho

Dear Colleague: I invite you to cosponsor my bipartisan resolution in support of the Coptic Christians in Egypt. Egypt and the United States are important partners in the fight against terrorism. However, we must confront the reality that Coptic Christians
in Egypt do not receive the same protections under the rule of law as others. I have been on the front lines of this struggle and met with government and religious leaders throughout Egypt. While we have seen progress from Egyptian President el-Sisi, the U.S.
government must use the tools it has to hold our allies to a higher standard if they are to continue to receive our aid.

Specifically, my resolution:

(1) Acknowledges the central and historic importance of the United States-Egypt partnership in advancing the common interests of both countries;

(2) Appreciates Egypt’s regional role as a partner in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism;

(3) Recognizes the necessity for Egypt’s leaders to take steps toward education reform that prioritize impartial instruction of all religions and political reform that prioritizes human rights, fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law;

(4) Urges the Government of Egypt to enact serious and legitimate reforms to ensure Coptic Christians are given the same rights and opportunities as all other Egyptian citizens; and

(5) Urges the Government of Egypt to take additional steps to end the culture of impunity for attacks on Christians, to continue to undertake the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of individuals who carry out attacks on Copts and other Christians in Egypt,
and to hold accountable Government officials who fail to enforce the law.

All people around the world, regardless of their religious affiliation, deserve the same freedom to practice their chosen religion that we enjoy in the United States. The respect for human rights and religious freedom is a fundamental American position,
and I will continue to promote this issue for Coptic Christians throughout Egypt.

If you are interested in cosponsoring or would like additional information, please reach out to my Legislative Director, Dylan Frost, at
Dylan.Frost@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

French Hill

Member of Congress

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