New Resolution in Congress calls for annulment of the Monroe Doctrine

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY) has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives calling for the annulment of the Monroe Doctrine. The bill’s introduction coincided with the 200-year anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine, which has been used to justify US intervention in Latin American.

House Resolution 943 is also co-sponsored by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) Jesus Chuy Garcia (D-IL), Delia Ramirez (D-IL), and Greg Casar (D-TX). Rep.  A press release for the Resolution states:

From the invasion of Puerto Rico in 1898 to U.S. support for coups and dictatorships in Latin America throughout the 20th century, the resolution details the harmful effects of the policy over the past 200 years.

The resolution calls for:

  1. The Department of State to formally confirm that the Monroe Doctrine is no longer a part of United States policy toward Latin American and the Caribbean.
  2. The Federal Government to develop a ‘‘New Good Neighbor’’ policy in place of the Monroe Doctrine.
  3. Developing a new approach to promoting economic development.
  4. The termination of all unilateral economic sanctions imposed through Executive orders, and working with Congress to terminate all unilateral sanctions, such as the Cuba embargo, mandated by law.
  5. New legislation to trigger the suspension of assistance to a government whenever there is an extra-constitutional transfer of power.
  6. Prompt declassification of all United States Government archives that relate to past coups d’états, dictatorships, and periods in the history of Latin American and Caribbean countries characterized by a high rate of human rights crimes perpetrated by security forces.
  7. Collaboration with Latin American and Caribbean governments on a far-reaching reform of to the Organization of American States.
  8. Supporting democratic reforms to the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and other international financial institutions.

PLEASE CONTACT your members of Congress in the House of Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor the Bill.