Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed H. Con. Res. 129, bipartisan legislation authored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), which urges Germany to reaffirm its financial commitment to address the health and welfare needs of Holocaust survivors.  Following House passage, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued this statement:

“Tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors are living in poverty today, and many have unique health and assistance needs.  Despite Germany’s commitment to provide this assistance, negotiations have not concluded.  Time is of the essence, as Holocaust survivors suffer.  This resolution rightly calls for these talks to be accelerated, and for an assistance plan that ensures transparency and accountability to guarantee funds are helping the most vulnerable.”