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Posted at 4:23 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

House Democrats press for Egypt resolution

By Felicia Sonmez

Six House Democrats on Monday wrote a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pressing for an emergency resolution on the crisis in Egypt, four days after the Senate passed its own resolution condemning recent violence in the country and calling on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to begin the process of transitioning to a caretaker government.

Democratic Reps. Jim Moran (Va.), John Conyers (Mich.), Raul Grijalva (Ariz.), Mike Honda (Calif.), Jim McDermott (Wash.) and Keith Ellison (Minn.) asked Boehner for a resolution expressing Congress's support for the democratic aspirations of the protesters in Egypt and stating that the Mubarak government "has exhausted its credibility and done irreparable harm to its relationship to the Egyptian people."

"Congress can and should send a strong message calling on the Egyptian government to immediately halt any aggression against the Egyptian people by forces aligned with their regime," the lawmakers wrote. "The Egyptian military should be strongly encouraged to intercede to protect vulnerable, unarmed citizens. We must urge the government to respect the Egyptian people's right to assemble peacefully, and to stop blocking the access to communication that is a basic right of free people."

The House returns from recess on Tuesday. Asked for comment Monday on the lawmakers' request, Boehner's office echoed previous statements made by the White House on the uprising in Egypt.

"As the White House has said, President Mubarak has not sufficiently addressed the legitimate concerns of the Egyptian people," Boehner spokesperson Michael Steel said. "Moving forward, all parties need to address legitimate grievances, renounce violence, and to ensure respect, dignity, and political freedom are equally and consistently applied to all."

The full letter is after the jump.

February 7, 2011

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker
United States House of Representatives
H-232 United States Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:

In view of the tragic violence unfolding in Egypt, we write to request that the House take up an emergency resolution in support of the Egyptian people and their struggle for freedom and democracy as soon as possible upon returning to session.

Congress can and should send a strong message calling on the Egyptian government to immediately halt any aggression against the Egyptian people by forces aligned with their regime. The Egyptian military should be strongly encouraged to intercede to protect vulnerable, unarmed citizens. We must urge the government to respect the Egyptian people's right to assemble peacefully, and to stop blocking the access to communication that is a basic right of free people.

The resolution should further affirm that the Egyptian people alone have the right to determine the future of their government but that it has become clear the Mubarak regime has exhausted its credibility and done irreparable harm to its relationship to the Egyptian people. Therefore, now is the time for Congress to help amplify President Obama's message calling on President Mubarak to respond to the urgent and legitimate demands of the Egyptian people.

The Egyptian people are fighting for freedom and democracy, principles upon which our nation was founded. This is a new day not only for Egypt and the Middle East, but for democracy worldwide. The House of Representatives has an opportunity to show its support for the Egyptian people during their time of need and further their efforts to achieve freedom by passing the aforementioned resolution. We appreciate your consideration and encourage your support.

Sincerely,

Rep. James P. Moran
Rep. John Conyers, Jr.
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva
Rep. Michael M. Honda
Rep. Jim McDermott
Rep. Keith Ellison

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 7, 2011; 4:23 PM ET
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Comments

Congressman Moran and the rest of the legislators should focus on the problems of the United States and keep their hands off Egypt. The purpose of the letter to the Speaker is simply to cover their asses, in the event that the Egypt situation goes bad.

Moran nearly lost his seat in the last election, so the letter to the Speaker is simply new material for the next campaign. Moran doesn't really care about Egypt and if there are no lobbyists there providing the Congressman campaign funding, it is likely he can not find Egypt on a map.

The White House seems ambivalent about any future Muslim government in Egypt. Does the President really think he can make peace with the "Muslim Brotherhood?"

Posted by: Alex68 | February 8, 2011 8:49 PM | Report abuse

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