Online Staff Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., sent a letter to the White House opposing the administration’s recent signing of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. The bipartisan letter was signed by 181 members of Congress, including members of the House leadership team and the chairmen of the committees on Armed Services, Homeland Security and the Judiciary.
“This letter makes clear to the White House that the House will not stand by as Americans’ constitutional rights are threatened,” said Kinzinger. “This deeply flawed treaty should never have been signed — it places American sovereignty at risk and opens the door to U.N. intrusion into the personal lives of Americans. We will continue to stand up for Americans’ freedoms, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same.”
The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, which passed the U.N. General Assembly earlier this year, was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry Sept. 25. As with all treaties, the Arms Trade Treaty must be ratified by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate before becoming law. To date, the Senate has not taken action to ratify this treaty.
Click here to view a version of the letter sent by House members.
Posted Oct. 22, 2013