Smith and Lee were joined by original cosponsors Reps Ed Royce (R-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Karen Bass (D-CA).
The cosponsors of the bill released the following statement:
“The vast turnout I witnessed during this election demonstrates Zimbabweans desire for democratic governance. While Election Day was peaceful, I am concerned by the violence that occurred in Harare yesterday, leading to needless loss of life.
“The Trump administration today is taking measures to bring Los Angeles back to the days of smog alerts. As has been already well-documented, the effects of rolling back these environmental protections will be first felt by those living in communities just off of highways.
“Although I first met Mr. Dellums when I was elected to Congress in 2010, I had followed his work for decades before that. His fiery opposition to the war in Vietnam and his adamant stance against apartheid in South Africa are just two examples of why he was such a progressive giant in these chambers and one of the most important national leaders on those issues.
ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER DR. ABIY AHMED ALI
VISIT TO LOS ANGELES
HON. KAREN BASS
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the primary sponsor of the bipartisan FORWARD Act, released the following statement:
“I’m proud of this body for passing this important piece of legislation that lays out the steps for improving bilateral relations between the United States and Zimbabwe. The timing is important given that elections are scheduled for next week and this bill seeks to encourage free, fair and transparent elections,” said Rep. Bass.
“Zimbabwe is at a crucial point in its history,” said Congressmember Bass. “After years of political and economic crisis, the government there has the opportunity to set the country on a new trajectory. This update sets necessary markers for lifting existing sanctions, which includes some related to the upcoming elections at the end of this month.
“Before our trip, we had been told that families were not being separated at our border anymore. We now know that to be a lie. We met grandmothers and grandfathers who had been separated from their grandchildren because they weren’t considered family. We also saw hundreds of immigrants locked in cages, including children and some women well into their pregnancies,” said Rep.