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Lautenberg Provisions Included in Foreign-Ops Funding Bill
Lautenberg Amendment for Refugees; Libya Policy on Pan Am Bombing; Protections for Women in Peace Corps IncludedLautenberg Press Office, 202-224-3224
Thursday, May 24, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) authored three critical provisions included in the FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations funding measure approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today. The provisions would extend expedited refugee status for certain persecuted religious minorities under the Lautenberg Amendment; call on the Libyan government to cooperate with ongoing investigations of terrorist attacks during the Qaddafi regime; and provide abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers who have been sexually assaulted. The FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
“The Lautenberg Amendment provides a critical lifeline for religious refugees fleeing persecution,” Lautenberg said. “As President Ahmadinejad maintains his oppressive rule in Iran, we must continue to provide religious minorities with a safe means of exit and access to refugee status in the United States.”
“The investigation into the Pan Am 103 bombing must continue and we will not rest until justice has been served,” Lautenberg said. “The recent death of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi has brought little closure to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy. We continue to expect the new Libyan government to help us find the truth and hold accountable all those involved in the terrorist attacks carried out by the Qaddafi regime.”
“Women who serve in the Peace Corps have found themselves at risk of sexual assault, yet their own country has restricted their access to care,” Lautenberg said. “Peace Corps volunteers selflessly devote themselves to helping underserved populations throughout the world—they should not have to forfeit their rights or jeopardize their health to do so.”