WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives passage of S. 1067, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act. This U.S. Senate-passed bill, co-sponsored by Inhofe, will now be sent to President Obama to be signed into law.
“Today marks a major step in addressing the atrocities of Joseph Kony and the LRA’s devastating activities in Uganda,” said Inhofe. “This bill will help protect the children and people from Joseph Kony’s reign of terror. As the only U.S. Senator that has made over 100 country visits to the continent of Africa, I have witnessed first hand the devastation caused by the LRA. Because of this, I have become fervently involved in trying to prevent further abductions and murders of Ugandan children. Now we are offering hope as this bill mandates the development of strategies to apprehend Kony and other top LRA leaders.”
The Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, S. 1067, requires the United States to work with multilateral partners to develop a viable path to disarm the LRA, while ensuring the protection of civilians. The bill authorizes $10 million in funding for humanitarian assistance for communities in the DR Congo, South Sudan and Central African Republic most affected by LRA Attacks and $30 million over three years for transitional justice and reconciliation to help the Ugandan government address the grievances and regional divisions that the LRA has exploited for nearly two decades.
Inhofe’s support for this legislation is just one of his many efforts to raise the visibility of this issue and to end the crisis in Uganda. In April 2009, Senator Inhofe visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and spoke with President Kabila expressing to him of what critical importance he believes the partnership formed between the DRC, Uganda, and Southern Sudan is to eradicating the LRA.
Also in April, Inhofe, alongside Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and actor Val Kilmer, participated in an event put on by the group Invisible Children in order to raise awareness surrounding the plight of the LRA’s child soldiers.
In February of 2006, Senator Inhofe sponsored a bi-partisan resolution (S.Res.366) affirming the importance of increased international attention and action to what’s happening with the LRA and affirming a national week of prayer for the Ugandan victims.
Inhofe has had 108 visits to countries in the continent of Africa, more than any other Senator in the history of the U.S. Senate.