H.Con.Res.404 - Calling for the immediate release of Mr. Edmond Pope from prison in the Russian Federation for Humanitarian reasons, and for other purposes.106th Congress (1999-2000)
Concurrent ResolutionHide Overview
|Sponsor:||Rep. Peterson, John E. [R-PA-5] (Introduced 09/19/2000)|
|Committees:||House - International Relations|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 10/19/2000 Message on Senate action sent to the House. (All Actions)|
This bill has the status Agreed to in Senate
Here are the steps for Status of Legislation:
- Agreed to in House
- Agreed to in Senate
Text: H.Con.Res.404 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)
Text available as:
- PDF (PDF provides a complete and accurate display of this text.) Tip?
[Congressional Bills 106th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Con. Res. 404 Enrolled Bill (ENR)] H.Con.Res.404 Agreed to October 18, 2000 One Hundred Sixth Congress of the United States of America AT THE SECOND SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday, the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand Concurrent Resolution Whereas Mr. Edmond Pope of State College, Pennsylvania, is a husband, father, grandfather, son, and United States businessman; Whereas Edmond Pope has visited the Russian Federation 27 times in order to foster better business and university-based research relationships; Whereas Edmond Pope traveled to the Russian Federation in late March 2000 in order to purchase commercially advertised underwater propulsion technology, as stated in his visa approved by the Government of the Russian Federation; Whereas Edmond Pope was arrested on April 3, 2000, in Moscow, imprisoned in Lefortovo, and charged with espionage; Whereas the Russian who allegedly committed an act of treason by aiding Edmond Pope was released and has been living with his family; Whereas Edmond Pope has been treated for hemangiopericytoma, a rare form of cancer, that was in remission prior to his travel; Whereas Edmond Pope's father is dying of multiple myeloma, a type of bone cancer that can be hereditary; Whereas Edmond Pope should receive routine medical care by a qualified, trained professional in order to monitor the possibility of a recurrence of cancer due to his high-risk potential; Whereas Edmond Pope has missed his annual monitoring visit resulting in a 14 month lapse since his last visit; Whereas Edmond Pope's prison conditions have caused a dramatic loss in weight and his physical stature has deteriorated; Whereas Edmond Pope has been denied the basic human right of proper medical attention deserving of an individual in his condition; Whereas two Americans have died in the past few months within prisons in the Russian Federation and another individual has recently died in Lefortovo; Whereas Edmond Pope has been unjustly arrested and detained for more than 5 months, preventing him from celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary and the marriage of his son, and during which time his mother-in-law passed away; Whereas recent events have shown that trials in the Russian Federation involving alleged violations in the area of national security can take several years; Whereas it is unlikely that Edmond Pope would survive a lengthy trial; and Whereas United States business and academic interests with the Russian Federation are beginning to be detrimentally impacted by this event: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That-- (1) the Congress calls on the Russian Federation, under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin, to immediately release Mr. Edmond Pope of State College, Pennsylvania, and to ensure that proper and qualified medical attention is provided to him in order to ensure that another loss of life does not occur in a prison in the Russian Federation; (2) it is the sense of the Congress that if Edmond Pope is not released immediately the President should continue all efforts afforded to the administration to secure his release, including the consideration of-- (A) terminating all assistance to the Government of the Russian Federation under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the annual Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act for purposes of preparing the Russian Federation's entrance or accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO); and (B) opposing any further debt relief of obligations owed to the United States Government from the Government of the Russian Federation; and (3) the President should increase efforts to secure appropriate medical attention for Edmond Pope. Attest: Jeff Trandahl, Clerk of the House of Representatives. By Deputy Clerk. Attest: Secretary of the Senate.