The U.S. House of Representatives to vote on April 24, 2018 not on their own H.R. 1226, but over the Senate Act S. 447!
Ladies and gentlemen,
Bad news for Poland!!! Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, intends to suspend the normally applicable procedure and allow the vote not on its own Act H.R.1226, but on the Senate Act S.447! It means, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will not debate the meaning and ramifications of Act H.R.1226. Instead, the House will proceed with the Senate Bill S.477. The vote may take place next Tuesday (April 24, 2018). The House is likely to proceed under ‘suspension of the rules’, i.e. the debate can be limited to 40 minutes and the congressmen would not be able to propose any amendments to the body of the Act. In order for the bill to be passed, a majority of 2/3 votes will be needed. To become law, the act would have to also be signed by the President of the United States.
We would like to ask all of the citizens of the United States to immediately call their representatives in Congress and demand to vote against Act S. 447!
You can find your Representative on their official site.
Please download, read and communicate to your representative the objections of Polish Americans to Acts S. 447 and H.R. 1226.
Please also download and read the document underlining the legal objections to Bills S.447 and H.R.1226 submitted by the Polish-American Constituency.
Proceeding “under suspension of the rules” is in case of Act S.447 wrong and unacceptable!
Act S.447 is a complex legislation with broad and far-reaching domestic and international ramifications which involve and encroach into multiple areas: national security, national defense, breach of the existing international treaties, undermining of the geopolitical allies, creation of dangerous precedence, and ultimate corruption of the existing legal system. Postpone scheduled vote! Conduct proper hearings!