On September 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 400 to 0, HR 192, a resolution supporting the struggle for religious liberty in Lithuania. The resolution was introduced in June by Congressmen John Miller (R-Washington) and Edward Feighan (D-Ohio) and was co-sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of forty-two members of the House. Miller and Feighan also co-chair a small working group of House members formed this year to lobby Soviet officials on behalf of persecuted believers in Lithuania. One aim of this bipartisan effort is to link, again, the issues of religious liberty and peace in the congressional debate over U.S./Soviet relations.
Both the resolution and the members’ support group grew out of the James Madison Foundation’s 1986-87 Congressional Project.
George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. and holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.