UXO/Demining Caucus Hosts Congressional Reception to Kick Off 118th Congress
On Wednesday, February 1st, the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Demining Caucus hosted a reception to welcome the 118th Congress and kick off the new year. The caucus co-chairs, Reps. Bill Johnson and Chrissy Houlahan, welcomed Members of Congress, staff, demining organizations and the policy community to learn about U.S. demining programs. The event presented the multiple facets of U.S. demining, from traditional demining to risk education, technological research and development, and survivor assistance.
Rep. Bill Johnson, Caucus co-chair
Attendees heard about the urgency of supporting demining programs from both co-chairs, caucus members Reps. Ami Bera and Earl Blumenauer, and the State Department Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement's Deputy Director, Steven Costner.
The co-chairs also welcomed remarks from Laos Ambassador to the United States and Canada, Sisavath Inphachanh, and former U.S. Ambassador to Laos, Douglas Hartwick regarding the critical nature of humanitarian demining and the impact of explosive threats on civilian lives.
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, Caucus co-chair
Chris Whatley, executive director of The HALO Trust (USA) stated, “The bipartisan Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Demining Caucus has been a powerful voice for demining programs since its establishment in 2018, helping ensure that millions of people around the globe can stay safe from landmines, explosive threats, and diverted weapons. In the 118th Congress, HALO looks forward to supporting the leadership of incoming caucus co-chair, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, who brings to this issue a wealth of knowledge and passion for creating a safer world, and continuing to work with co-chair Rep. Bill Johnson, whose dedication to demining programs is truly inspiring."
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See the speaking program from the event below: