As Congress moves towards its electoral recess, the Senate’s genocide prevention resolution is gaining momentum. Introduced on August 5 by Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), S.Con.Res. 71 is an important first step in the development of a coordinated U.S. government strategy to prevent and end genocide and mass atrocities.
As of this morning, S.Con.Res. 71 boasts 11 co-sponsors, including eight Democrats, two Republicans, and one Independent. In order to facilitate the resolution’s passage before the next Congress, S.Con.Res. 71 will require greater bipartisan support. This is a critical moment for the movement to prevent and end genocide and mass atrocities. The resolution, which is based on the recommendations of the Genocide Prevention Task Force, will facilitate "long-term structural change" in the U.S. government’s approach to genocide and mass atrocities prevention.