lasted 262 hours.
We couldn't be more overjoyed.
At 7:08PM on Thursday, March 11 the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act(S.1067) passed the United States Senate.
We celebrate this significant victory and thank the countless supporters and the bill's Senate champions -- especially Russ Feingold (D-WI), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Sam Brownback (R-KS) -- whose hard work was critical to getting it passed.
From now on, I think we will all have a greater appreciation for what it takes to get something done in Washington DC. This effort has so far taken a year of lobbying to get the bill introduced, 1700 activists here in DC for How it Ends, hundreds more attending meetings in their own states and districts, and finally 50 peoplesleeping outside a Senator's office for 11 days straight.
But we're just getting started in making something happen. Because we also know that this bill is only one step toward our ultimate goal of seeing the U.S. leadership needed to end Joseph Kony’s campaign of terror and help support meaningful recovery for the millions of affected people. We will continue to work until this bill passes the House of Representatives and is signed into law by the President, and the international community - with U.S. leadership - finally steps up to the plate to end the LRA's senseless atrocities once and for all.
(Let's just hope and pray clearing this bill on the House-side is a little easier.)
In a release from the bill's Senate champions, Senator Feingold noted that "The passage of this bill sends a message that the United States will no longer stand by and watch the Lord’s Resistance Army terrorize innocent civilians across central Africa, kidnap thousands of children and force them to become child soldiers. This legislation also sends a clear signal that the United States is committed to working with regional stakeholders to change the conditions that have allowed this war to persist for so long.”
Senator Inhofe, who actually called to share his congratulations, gave a shout-out to all of you, saying "I appreciate the hard work and effort of all those who have believed in the importance of this legislation.”
A huge thanks from all of us to each of you that played any role - big or small - in making this amazing success happen. This is an achievement truly worth celebrating.