(House of Representatives - October 12, 2013)

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                            U.N. ARMS TREATY

  (Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to 
address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, in October of 2009, the 
Obama administration reversed the policies of both President Clinton 
and President Bush by committing the United States to U.N. Arms Trade 
Treaty negotiations. Since then, Members of the House and Senate have 
voiced their strong opposition.
  I joined 130 of my colleagues in sending a letter to the White House 
to express my concern about the dangers posed to Americans' Second 
Amendment rights. In the Senate, which must only approve the treaty by 
a two-thirds vote, a bipartisan coalition of Senators remains united in 
opposition to its ratification.
  Despite overwhelming opposition from Congress and the American 
people, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty--a decision 
that is sure to have far-reaching consequences for American foreign 
policy and American sovereignty.
  I have joined my colleagues in the House in sending another letter to 
the administration voicing our continued opposition to this misguided 
and dangerous policy.
  I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to stand strong in their