Congrats to Lee Terry (R-NE) and Ron Paul (R-TX). They were the only two to vote no on H.CON.RES.200 “concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding the immediate and unconditional release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the severely deteriorating human rights situation in Burma.”
Nice work fellas! Ron Paul is also running for President. Interestingly enough, his slogan is “Hope for America”. It appears Congressman Paul offers no such hope for Burma. Congressman Terry, for his part, has offered up some very important legislation and does not appear to be all bad. I mean, “H.AMDT.747 to H.R. 3221, to accelerate the adoption of geothermal heat pumps by the Federal government” is important stuff right? I know he mostly works to boost Ethanol for his corn growing constituents back home, but I can’t quite figure why support for democratic expression in Burma would garner a no vote. He does, as his congressional website points out, support assisting those in Darfur:
I agree that the United States must continue to take strong steps to assist the innocent civilians and stop the violence in Darfur.
That’s a couple of really bad votes guys. It must be tough being the 2 in a 413-2 vote.
PS – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for 12 of the past 18 years by the military after winning an election they called for in 1990. She won the election and is the rightful Prime Minister of Burma, yet has remained in detention by the military. Read that last part again Congressmen. Slowly…