The text of the resolution below is as of Jul 16, 2021 (Preprint (Suspension)).
IV 117TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION H. RES. 294 Encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American families. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APRIL 8, 2021 Ms. BASS (for herself, Mrs. KIM of California, Mr. MEEKS, Ms. MENG, Mr. SHERMAN, Mr. KEATING, Ms. STRICKLAND, Mr. SCHNEIDER, Mr. TAY- LOR, Mr. FITZPATRICK, Ms. OMAR, Mr. KIM of New Jersey, Ms. PRESSLEY, and Mr. SUOZZI) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs RESOLUTION Encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American families. Whereas the Korean Peninsula, with the Republic of Korea (in this resolution referred to as ‘‘South Korea’’) in the South and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (in this resolution referred to as ‘‘North Korea’’) in the North, remains divided following the signing of the Ko- rean War Armistice Agreement on July 27, 1953; Whereas the division of the Korean Peninsula separated more than 10,000,000 Korean family members, including some who are now citizens of the United States; Whereas there have been 21 rounds of family reunions be- pamtmann on DSKBC07HB2PROD with BILLS tween South Koreans and North Koreans along the bor- der since 2000; VerDate Sep 11 2014 22:27 Apr 08, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6300 E:\BILLS\HR294.IH HR294
2 Whereas Congress signaled its support for family reunions between United States citizens and their relatives in North Korea in section 1265 of the National Defense Au- thorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 110– 181), signed into law by President George W. Bush on January 28, 2008; Whereas most of the population of divided family members in the United States, initially estimated at 100,000 in 2001, has significantly dwindled as many of the individuals have passed away; Whereas the summit between North Korea and South Korea on April 27, 2018, has prioritized family reunions; Whereas the United States and North Korea have engaged in talks during 2 historic summits in June 2018 in Singapore and February 2019 in Hanoi; and Whereas many Korean Americans are waiting for a chance to meet their relatives in North Korea for the first time in more than 60 years: Now, therefore, be it 1 Resolved, That the House of Representatives— 2 (1) calls on the United States and North Korea 3 to begin the process of reuniting Korean-American 4 divided family members with their immediate rel- 5 atives through ways such as— 6 (A) identifying divided families in the 7 United States and North Korea who are willing 8 and able to participate in a pilot program for pamtmann on DSKBC07HB2PROD with BILLS 9 family reunions; •HRES 294 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 22:27 Apr 08, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\HR294.IH HR294
3 1 (B) finding matches for members of such 2 families through organizations such as the Red 3 Cross; and 4 (C) working with the Government of South 5 Korea to include American citizens in inter-Ko- 6 rean video reunions; 7 (2) reaffirms the institution of family as in- 8 alienable and, accordingly, urges the restoration of 9 contact between divided families physically, literarily, 10 or virtually; and 11 (3) calls on the United States and North Korea 12 to pursue reunions as a humanitarian priority of im- 13 mediate concern. Æ pamtmann on DSKBC07HB2PROD with BILLS •HRES 294 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 22:27 Apr 08, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6301 E:\BILLS\HR294.IH HR294