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the "threshold program” under section 616 of such

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Act is authorized to be funded only for fiscal year

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(b) PURPOSE.-The purpose of this Act is to amend

5 the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 to authorize fund6 ing of the “threshold program” under section 616 of such

7 Act for the same duration as the authorization of funding

8 for the overall Millennium Challenge Act of 2003.

9 SEC. 2. EXTENSION OF AUTHORIZATION OF ASSISTANCE TO

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CERTAIN CANDIDATE COUNTRIES.

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Section 616(d) of the Millennium Challenge Act of

12 2003 (22 U.S.C. 7715(d)) is amended by striking "for fis

13 cal year 2004" and inserting "for a fiscal year”.

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EXTEND THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE ACCOUNT

TO MORE POOR COUNTRIES

Co-Sponsors

6/23/04

1. Rep. Berman
2. Rep. Burton
3. Rep. Faleomavaega
4. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen
5. Rep. Brown (m)
6. Rep. Ballenger
7. Rep. Engel
8. Rep. Houghton
9. Rep. Meeks (NY)
10. Rep. Green (WI)
11. Rep. Lee
12. Rep. Weller
13. Rep. Crowley
14. Rep. McCotter
15. Rep. Hoeffel
16. Rep. Blumenauer
17. Rep. Schiff
18. Rep. McCollum

IV

108TH CONGRESS

2D SESSION

H. RES. 615

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives in support of full

membership of Israel in the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) at the United Nations.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

APRIL 30, 2004
Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN (for herself, Mr. BLUNT, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. PENCE, Mrs.

Jo Ann Davis of Virginia, Mr. McCOTTER, Mr. CROWLEY, and Mr.
ACKERMAN) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the
Committee on International Relations

RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives in

support of full membership of Israel in the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) at the United Nations.

Whereas the election of member states of the United Nations

to the major bodies of the United Nations is determined explicitly on a regional basis;

Whereas Israel has been refused admission to the Asia geo

graphical region of the United Nations—the only member state of the United Nations that remains outside its appropriate geographical region—and therefore cannot be elected to any major body of the United Nations, is precluded from voting in any United Nations major body,

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except the General Assembly, and is thus denied full participation in the day-to-day work of the United Nations;

Whereas according to current United Nations procedures the

Bureau of every United Nations conference is comprised of one representative from each geographical region of the United Nations and Israel is therefore denied access to this vital apparatus enjoyed by other United Nations member states;

Whereas on May 30, 2000, Israel accepted an invitation to

become a temporary member of the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) at the United Nations;

Whereas Israel's membership in the Western European and

Others Group is limited and, as such, Israel is not allowed to compete for open seats in the United Nations body and Israeli representatives are not allowed to run for positions in major bodies of the United Nations or United Nations-affiliated agencies, such as the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the Security Council;

Whereas Israel is only allowed to participate in limited activi

ties of the Western European and Others Group in the New York office of the United Nations, is excluded from discussions and consultations of the Group at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Nairobi, Rome, and Vienna, and therefore, cannot participate in United Nations conferences on human rights, racism, and a number of other issues handled in these forums;

Whereas membership in the regional bloc of the Western Eu

ropean and Others Group includes the non-European countries of Canada, Australia, and the United States;

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Whereas Israel is linked to Western European and Others

Group member states by strong economic, political, and cultural ties;

Whereas the Western European and Others Group is the only

regional group which is not purely geographical but rather comprised of countries which share a Western democratic tradition; and

Whereas Israel is a free and democratic country and its vot

ing pattern in the United Nations is consistent with that of the Western European and Others Group member states: Now, therefore, be it

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Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Rep

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(1) the President should direct the United

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States Permanent Representative to the United Na

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tions to seek an immediate end to the persistent and

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deplorable inequality experienced by Israel in the

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United Nations;

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(2) United States interests would be well served

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if Israel were afforded the benefits of full member

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ship in the Western European and Others Group

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(WEOG) at the United Nations so that it could fully

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participate in the United Nations system;

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(3) in accordance with section 405(a) of divi

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sion C of H.R. 1950, as passed the House of Rep

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resentatives on July 16, 2003, "the Secretary of

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State and other appropriate officials of the United

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