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Fri, 09 May 2014 15:38:09 +0000
(WASHINGTON) -- The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a resolution condemning Boko Haram’s kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls by a voice vote Friday.
“This Sunday is Mother’s Day, but for hundreds of mothers in Nigeria, this will be another day of horrendous grief,” Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said. “This resolution puts the committee firmly on record in condemning this atrocious abduction.”
“It’s time for the world to unite to make sure those young girls are returned home and to make sure those who committed this heinous act are brought to justice,” Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., said.
“These people are pathological. They are killers,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said of Boko Haram. “This legislation I think helps put us all on record to express our outrage.”
The resolution will now head to the full House for approval. The Senate passed a similar resolution earlier this week.
Two other measures also passed out of committee -- a bill to impose sanctions on individuals who have carried out human rights abuses in Venezuela and a bill to protect children from sex trafficking by requiring the U.S. to notify foreign countries if a registered child sex offender is entering their country and vice versa.
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