House Passes Deutch Bills on Holocaust Survivors and Honoring Elie Wiesel
(Washington) Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed two bills introduced by Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. The House approved legislation calling on the German government to provide necessary funding to support Holocaust survivors (S. Con. Res. 46) and to honor and respect the life and accomplishments of the Holocaust survivor and humanitarian Elie Wiesel (H. Res. 810).
S. Con. Res. 46, Urging the German government to address the unique health and welfare needs of Survivors
In April, Representative Deutch joined with Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to introduce companion legislation (House Concurrent Resolution 129 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 46, respectively) urging the German government to fulfill its moral obligation to provide for the needs of Holocaust Survivors so that they may live their remaining years in dignity and comfort. In July, the German government announced that it would increase its financial commitment to Survivors, including the removal of arbitrary caps on home care coverage.
“We introduced this bill to send the German government a clear, unified message that Congress is watching the negotiations carefully and expects the government to live up to its obligation to Survivors," said Rep. Deutch. "I was very pleased to see the Germans agree to dramatically increase funding for Survivors' care and remove caps on home care coverage. As Survivors age and their needs grow, we in Congress will continue to work to ensure that they have the care they need to live their remaining days in dignity."
H. Res. 810, Honoring the life and work of Elie Wiesel
Following the passing of Elie Wiesel on July 2, Representative Deutch joined Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and 158 bipartisan Members of Congress to introduce House Resolution 810, a resolution to honor the life and legacy of the monumental Holocaust survivor and his significant positive contribution to our world. Reps. Deutch, Israel, and Meehan are members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
"Elie Weisel's recounting of his harrowing survival of the Holocaust has helped to teach millions of people around the world of what can happen when bigotry and hatred are left unchecked," said Rep. Deutch. "Let's honor his memory by continuing his mission to protest injustice, combat discrimination and bigotry in all its forms. For Wiesel, and for all Survivors and their families, today's action by Congress clearly sends the message, 'Never again'."
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