On March 13, 2007, a bi-partisan House with State Department support passed HOUSE RESOLUTION 64 by an overwhelming 409-1. Speakers included Republicans and Democrats who brought equal passion to the floor of the Congress and tied justice for Shoaib with our wider War Against Islamist Extremism. The message was clear: This is a serious human rights violation that previous governments maintained only to appease Radical Islamist both inside and outside of their coalition. The current government has the power to end it and must do so.

As the Resolution moved forward, the US State Department agreed to support it publicly, including its calls to the Bangladeshi government. After that decision, the US Embassy in Dhaka became one of Shoaib's strongest advocates, a role it continues today. It stationed people at the airport both times Shoaib traveled out of Bangladesh to guard against last minute snags, arrests, or other forms of obstruction by the Bangaldesh government; and it has sent observers to the courtroom. Congressman Kirk thanked Secretary of State Rice personally and in a letter
after the resolution passed.

See the floor debate and hear the words of Reps. Mark Kirk (R-IL) who was the heart and soul of the effort, and others. You can also read the text of the debate. You can also read the text of the Resolution itself. Thanks to all those who urged their Members of Congress to support House Resolution 64 and to all those Members of Congress who voted for it. After the speeches Cong. Kirk spoke with Shoaib from outside the Congress.

When the opportunity arose to move the bill forward very quickly, Congressman Kirk sent out an appeal to other members of Congress for their quick action. A special thanks to Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), the bill's principal co-sponsor, and to the democratic and republican floor leaders for the debate, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and John Boozman (R-AR). Here is a list of House Members who co-sponsored HR64:

Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1]
Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28]
Rep Biggert, Judy [IL-13]
Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5]
Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1]
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7]
Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17]
Rep Faleomavaega, Eni F.H. [AS]
Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4]
Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-2]
Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20]
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23]
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15]
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18]
Rep King, Peter T. [NY-3]
Rep Klein, Ron [FL-22]
Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-18]
Rep Manzullo, Donald A. [IL-16]
Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11]
Rep McNulty, Michael R. [NY-21]
Rep Pence, Mike [IN-6]
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9]
Rep Saxton, Jim [NJ-3]
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9]
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-29]
Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13]
Rep Shays, Christopher [CT-4]
Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8]
Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30]
Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9]
Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19]
Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2]
Rep Wolf, Frank R. [VA-10]

At the close of the debate, Democratic floor leader Gary Ackerman [NY] and Republican floor leader John Boozman [AR] remarked on the incredibly bi-partisan nature of Shoaib's support. They noted how Democrats and Republicans cooperated on this important human rights issue and both hoped they could do the same for all matters of national interest.

Here is the press release about the Resolution.
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