Congressman García’s Statement on Passage of H. Res. 326

December 7, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (IL-04) released the following statement after voting present on H. Res. 326: 

“I have always strongly supported a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I was a co-sponsor of H. Res 326 as originally introduced in April 2019 because it affirmed Congressional support for a negotiated solution to bring peace and security to the region. The resolution was a significant positive step toward peace.

“I voted ‘present’ because, while I support the underlying resolution, I have concerns about last minute amendments to the text. The changes involve a renewed commitment to a ten-year plan to provide billions in military aid for Israel. At the same time, insufficient language was included to affirm our commitment to protect human rights and provide life-saving humanitarian assistance. Additionally, changes to the original resolution omit the United States’ long established policy to seek ‘an end to the occupation’ of Palestinian territory beyond internationally recognized boundaries. The resolution also does not ask the Israeli government to commit itself to a two-state solution that includes the creation of a viable Palestinian state.

“Israeli and Palestinian families want to raise their children in safe communities and I support their aspirations. Steps toward a two-state solution are urgently needed. I do not believe that H.Res. 326, as amended, makes sufficient progress to that end. I will continue to work for a lasting solution to the conflict that protects human rights and promotes self-determination and equality for all.”