Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Republican Party front-runner Senator McCain and Burma

He introduced Saffron Revolution Support Act of 2007 Senate

Sen. John McCain takes a big step in his White House quest with Tuesday's wins.

Mr. MCCAIN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

(a) In General- The President is authorized to use all available resources to assist Burmese democracy activists who are dedicated to nonviolent opposition to the SPDC in their efforts to promote freedom, democracy, and human rights in Burma.

(b) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated $20,000,000 to the Secretary of State for each of the fiscal years 2008 and 2009 for the following purposes:

(1) Aid to democracy activists in Burma.

(2) Aid to individuals and groups conducting democracy programming outside of Burma targeted at a transition to democracy inside Burma.

(3) The expansion of radio and television broadcasting into Burma.

(4) Support for individuals and groups compiling evidence of--

(A) the SPDC's efforts to repress peaceful political activity; and

(B) the commission of other human rights abuses by the SPDC.

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