On Wednesday May 20, 2009, the full House Committee on Foreign Affairs will meet to discuss H.R. 2410, the Foreign Relations Authorization Bill introduced by Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA). GlobalSolutions.org applauds Mr. Berman for his attention to the need for increased engagement between the United States and the international community. The Bill includes legislation that runs parallel to the interests of GlobalSolutions.org, and we encourage the rest of the Committee to support these measures.
The legislation that we find most important includes:
1. Paying back our dues and arrearages to the United Nations and other international organizations, as well as synchronizing our payments so that they are received at the first of the year for which they apply;
2. Reauthorizing and expanding the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI);
3. Paying our share of international peacekeeping activities, as well as increasing our logistical support for such missions; and
4. Developing our capacity for early warning and genocide prevention to combat situations where mass atrocities against civilians occur.
We urge the Committee to pass this legislation as is in order to show that the United States is committed to working both with the international community and from within to meet the challenges that our world faces today.