On Saturday, after a reception in Los Angeles, Congressman Tom Lantos spoke to the press and announced that H.Res.121 will be marked up on June 26th. He said he will take responsibility for shepherding it through the Foreign Affairs committee and then a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. He predicted that it will pass by a wide margin.
We still have a great deal of work ahead of us. It is not over and it is not yet time to celebrate. This is a very critical moment.
A markup does not insure that the resolution will be voted on. Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Hoyer must decide to send the resolution for a vote on the House floor.
We need to continue getting more co-sponsors and showing members of Congress that the resolution has wide support and that it will pass.
It is critical that we get more co-sponsors this week. Please, push hard for calling on Representatives to co-sponsor.
Right now, we have 141 co-sponsors of the resolution (including Congressman Honda). Let's set two goals.
--Have H.Res.121 come to the House floor for a vote with over 200 co-sponsors
--Have it pass unanimously.
That will send a very strong message around the world.
Let's keep working hard until resolution has passed. And then we celebrate. Hard.