- December 3, 2010
- From Congress
We were thankful for the all the Members of Congress who pledged to read President Obama’s strategy to help stop LRA violence. We were encouraged by statements from several of them.
Representative Scott Garrett (R-NJ) read the strategy and released a statement to the press urging President Obama to move forward in swiftly implementing the strategy. Check out his statement:
WASHINGTON, DC – In compliance with section 4 of H.R. 2478, the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009, the Obama administration last week released its strategic plan to guide future U.S. support in central Africa to mitigate and eliminate the threat to civilians and regional stability posed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Entitled, “Strategy to Support the Disarmament of the Lord’s Resistance Army,” the Obama administration’s strategy outlines four objectives to support regional and multilateral efforts: 1.) Stopping LRA leaders, 2.) Protecting civilians from LRA attacks, 3.) Encouraging escape and defection from the LRA, 4.) Providing humanitarian assistance to affected communities.
Having reviewed the Obama administration’s strategic plan, Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) today issued the following statement:
“Now that the Obama administration has taken the time to formulate a plan of action to address the ongoing atrocities in central Africa, I urge the White House to move swiftly from the planning stage to the implementation stage. Over the course of the next few months, the Obama administration will need to meet a series of key benchmarks to demonstrate to Congress and the world that it is serious about its strategy to dismantle the LRA. I’ll be closely monitoring the administration’s progress to ensure it makes good on the promises it outlined in its strategic plan.”
Garrett was an original cosponsor of, H.R. 2478, the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009, which was the most widely supported Africa-specific legislation in recent U.S. history.
Thanks again, Representative Garrett.