House Passes Deutch Resolution Calling for Iran to Assist in Search for Bob Levinson
Today, the U.S. of Representatives passed H. Res 148, a resolution authored by Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) calling on the government of Iran to fulfill their promises of assistance in finding and returning his constituent, former FBI agent Robert Levinson of Coral Springs, Florida.
The passage of Congressman Deutch’s resolution comes just days before the South Florida community gathers on March 5, 2016 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts to mark nine years since Bob Levinson disappeared from Iran’s Kish Island. Levinson, whose career in federal law enforcement spanned three decades, remains the longest held hostage in American history. Earlier this month, a companion resolution introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) passed the U.S. Senate.
During debate on the bill, Congressman Deutch reminded his colleagues of the history of Bob's case, the family's vigilance in bringing Bob home, and the opportunity for the community to come together this Saturday afternoon.
“For the families of the four American prisoners released by Iran earlier this year, the nightmare is finally over. But it is not over my constituents, the Levinson family,” said Congressman Deutch. “Bob Levinson is a patriot who loves this country dearly and devoted his life to public service. It is now time for this country to come through for Bob, and do everything in our power to bring him home.”
“For anyone watching this debate today, I encourage you to tweet about Bob Levinson using the hashtag #WhatAboutBob. For those in South Florida, I encourage you to come support the Levinson family this Saturday in Coral Springs. We must keep talking about Bob. We must raise the level of awareness around Bob’s case. We must encourage our government – and the governments of our friends and allies – to continue to work tirelessly to find Bob and to bring him home.”
Congressman Deutch concluded the debate by offering his heartfelt plea to his colleagues to support the resolution: