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Our ‘friends’ in Washington December 3, 2019

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The result of this vote may be interesting in demonstrating Irish ‘soft’ influence, or lack of same. Or perhaps more realistically the limits of same in the current era.

The US House of Representatives is due to vote today on a resolution reaffirming support for the Good Friday Agreement.

The bipartisan bill urges the UK and the EU to ensure that Brexit does not threaten peace on the island of Ireland and strongly opposes the reintroduction of a hard border.

The bill also stipulates that any post-Brexit transatlantic trade deal strictly adheres to the obligations of the Good Friday Agreement.

A familiar name or two… not least:

This resolution is co-sponsored by Democratic Congressman Thomas Suozzi and Republican Congressman Peter King.

And:

A number of senior members of Congress have warned that they will oppose any US-UK trade deal that undermines the Good Friday Agreement.

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1. CL - December 3, 2019

“Rep. Ilhan Omar shed no tears on Monday at the news that longtime Long Island GOP Rep. Peter King would not seek reelection in 2020 — taking to Twitter to crack: “Good riddance.”

“Peter King is an Islamophobe who held McCarthyite hearings targeting American Muslims, said ‘there are too many mosques in this country’ and blamed Eric Garner for his own death at the hands of police. Good riddance,” wrote the freshman Minnesota lawmaker, a Muslim-American Somali immigrant.”
https://nypost.com/2019/11/11/rep-ilhan-omar-glad-islamophobe-pete-king-is-retiring/

“SINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams has said he disagrees “profoundly” with some of the opinions of US Congressman Peter King, a long-time Sinn Féin supporter who has been identified as an architect of the travel ban in the United States.”
https://www.thejournal.ie/gerry-adams-peter-king-3221193-Feb2017/

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2. Paul Culloty - December 3, 2019

Generally, such votes tend to be rubber-stamp affairs, rather than actually contested, so should pass comfortably.

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3. CL - December 4, 2019

“Washington—Today, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution introduced by Congressman Tom Suozzi (D–NY-03) and Congressman Peter King (R–NY-02), which calls on the United Kingdom and European Union to protect lasting peace in Northern Ireland during Brexit negotiations. Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D–NY-16) cosponsored the resolution and advanced the measure to pass the House.
The resolution, which passed unanimously, calls on the United Kingdom and European Union to make sure that any Brexit deal includes protections for the Good Friday Agreement and the future of Ireland.”
https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/press-releases?ID=AB5DEF96-492D-4625-8E46-E8398891A319

“The legislation urges the UK and the EU to ensure that Brexit does not threaten peace on the island of Ireland and strongly opposes the reintroduction of a hard border.”
By Brian O’Donovan
Washington Correspondent, RTE.
https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2019/1203/1096622-good-friday-agreement/

This resolution does not need Senate approval nor Trump’s signature. It is not ‘legislation’ as it does not have the force of law.
Still, its good to know that no one in the U.S House of Representatives is opposed to peace in Ireland.

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