| Elian Gonzalez related actions and statements in both U.S.
House and the U.S. Senate in chronological order. Sequential links
are provided at the bottom of each page. A green box indicates a substantial statement in favor of
Elian's Citizenship or residency. A red box indicates a substantial statement in support of
putting Elian back into the arms of the Cuban Communist Party. A Blue box indicates a
January 24, 2000 - Mr. RANGEL submits House Concurrent Resolution 240,
"Expressing the sense of Congress that Elian Gonzalez should be reunited with his father, Juan
Gonzalez of Cuba." H. Con. Res. 240 text. Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
January 24, 2000 - Mr. MCCOLLUM introduced a bill to make Elian
Gonzalez-Brotons a naturalized citizen. H. R. 3531 text. Referred to the Committee on the
January 24, 2000 - Mr. MENENDEZ introduced a bill to give Elian Gonzalez
permanent resident status. H. R. 3532 text. Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
January 27, 2000 - Ms. ROS-LEHTINENspeaks in support of the bill
introduced to grant Elian U.S. citizenship.
January 27, 2000 - Mr. SERRANO speaks in opposition to citizenship for
Elian. He says, " Mr. Speaker, Elian Gonzalez will be the only person in the history of this
country to have citizenship and/or residency shoved down his throat."
January 27, 2000 - Mr. DEUTSCH speaks in support of giving Elian U.S.
citizenship or at least residency status.
January 27, 2000 -Ms. JACKSON-LEE speaks in opposition to citizenship
for Elian. She evokes family values to pursuade us of the wisdom of returning Elian to the arms
of Fidel Castro.
January 27, 2000 - Mr. RODRIGUEZ speaks in opposition to citizenship for
Elian. He believes that family values require that Elian be returned to the arms of Fidel Castro.
January 27, 2000 - Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, as a refugee from Castro's Cuba
herself, speaks of the value of freedom for Elian.
January 27, 2000 - Ms. WATERS tells us about her efforts to break down the
trade embargo with Cuba. Concerning Elian, she says, "There is no logical argument, none that
anybody can make, that should take this child from his father."
January 27, 2000 - Ms. LEE wants to send Elian back to Cuba as quickly as
possible. She says, "there is nothing more valuable than the love of a father and the support of a
January 27, 2000 - At the bottom of this page you will find a link to Thomas
that will deliver the current status of Mr. Rangel's H. Con. Res. 240.
January 27, 2000 - On this page you will find links to Thomas that will
deliver the current status of Mr. McCollum's H.R. 3531, and Mr. Menendez's H.R. 3532.
January 31, 2000 - Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN presents another eloquent statement
in support of Elian's freedom in America. Four stars.
February 01, 2000 - Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, U.S. Congresswoman from Florida,
illustrates how Communist Party Doctrine is woven into the laws that govern the educational
system in Cuba.
February 02, 2000 - Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN asks her collegues to search their
conscience before coming to a conclusion on the fate of Elian. She says, "We can still hear his
mother's last wishes from the depths of the sea." Amen.
February 10, 2000 - Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, in another superb statement in
support of giving Elian the opportunity to stay in America, tells us that, "Elian has repeatedly
spoken about the schools of dolphins who surrounded his inner tube. He is emphatic about the
fact that these dolphins protected him from the sharks while using their snouts to push him closer
to our U.S. shores." [All this to make sure that Elian is delivered back into the clutch of an
Atheistic dictator? We don't think so.]
March 01, 2000 - Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart presents a call for the release of
cuban political prisoner, Dr.Oscar Elias Biscet, and includes the text of a letter written on a
handkershief by Dr. Biscet from his prison cell. This letter, whicm mentions Elian Gonzalez by
name, should touch the heart of every friend of freedom.
March 09, 2000 - Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart places into the record two superb
articles discussing the Elian Gonzalez case authored by James Taranto, which appeared in The
Wall Street Journal.
January 24, 2000 - Mr. LOTT, the majority leader, informs the Senate that
there will be legislative initiatives introduced regarding the fate of Elian Gonzalez.
January 24, 2000 - Mr. LOTT, still in general remarks, refers again to
legislative initiatives to be introduced regarding the fate of Elian Gonzalez
January 24, 2000 - Mr. MACK. asks for the first and second reading of S.
1999 for the private relief of Elian Gonzalez Brotons.
January 24, 2000 - Mr. MACK explains the purpose of S. 1999, "to ensure
Elian has access to America's family courts: a court that will consider the choice that his mother
made when she gave her life for freedom."
January 24, 2000 - At the top of this page you will find a link to Thomas that
will deliver the current status of S. 1999.
January 24, 2000 - Status of S. 1999 as of January 25, 2000.
January 26, 2000 - A Thomas link at the bottom of the page to current status
of Mr. DODD's Senate Concurrent Resolution 79, (S. Con. Res. 79. ) , expressing the sentiment
of the Senate the Elian should go back to Cuba.
January 26, 2000 - Mr. SMITH as additional cosponsor of S. 1999.
January 26, 2000 - Text of Mr. DODD's Senate Concurrent Resolution 79,
(S. Con. Res. 79. ).
January 26, 2000 - Mr. DODD's formally introduces Senate Concurrent
Resolution 79, (S. Con. Res. 79. ) and explains its purpose. Mr. DURBIN concurs, desires to be
associated with Mr. DODD's resolution, and explains why (at length).
January 26, 2000 - Mrs. FEINSTEIN expresses her support of the resolution
introduced by Mr. DODD in the Senate, and Mr. RANGEL in the House. She wants to see Elian
at home with his father in Cuba.
January 27, 2000 - Mr. Bunning was added as a co-sponsor of Mr. MACK's
bill, S. 1999.
January 31, 2000 - Mr. Bingaman was added as a cosponsor to Mr. DODD's
S. CON. RES. 79.
February 01, 2000 -Mr. SMITH of New Hampshire expresses his support for
Mr. MACK's bill (S. 1999) that would grant Elian Gonzalez citizenship.
February 01, 2000 - Mr. LEVIN expresses his view that the Courts should
decide the fate of Elian Gonzalez.
February 24, 2000 - Senator Mack commemorates the fourth anniversary
of the Brothers to the Rescue shootdown, which is essential context for the Elian Gonzalez
debate. The Senator includes lots of good information for the record.
March 1, 2000 - Reproduction of Daily Digest in which the Senate's
Committee on the Judiciary hearing examining the impact of Cuba's oppressive
government on its citizens and the current plight of Elian Gonzalez was recorded. Click here to go to the
witness list which provides links to the prepared statements of most of the witnesses.
March 29, 2000 - Senator Orin
Hatch expresses his distaste for the heavy handed manner in which U.S. Justice Department is
trying to coerce an agreement out of Elian's Miami family.
March 29, 2000 - First Reading
of Senator Smith bill (S. 2314) proposing to give Elian and his family permanent resident status.
Senator Smith says, "There is an injustice being committed, as we speak, by the Attorney
General and the Immigration and Naturalization Service against Elian Gonzalez." He goes on to
make an extensive statement in support of the bill.
March 29, 2000 - Senator Mack
expresses his views on the attempts of the Attorney General to short-circuit the appeals process.
He says, " ...the administration wants to rush an appeals process to send [Elian] back to a country
that Human Rights Watch states has `highly developed machinery of repression.' "
March 29, 2000 - Introduction of Bills and Joint Resolutions: makes note of
the introduction of Senator Smiths bill (S.2314).
March 30, 2000 - Senator Gramm objects to the second reading of Senator
Smith's bill (S.2314), a move which causes the bill to be placed on the calender (delayed).
March 30, 2000 - Senator Smith's bill (S.2314), was read a second time, and
then it was placed on the calender (delayed).
March 30, 2000 - Senator Smith speaks on behalf of his measure to give Elian
and his family permanent residency status. He includes, and comments upon the statement
released by Vice President Al Gore which stated his support for Senator Smith's bill.
List is current as of March 30, 2000