Georgian legislators welcome US House of Representatives discussion of Georgia Support Act

The Georgia Suport Act was introduced by Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Gerry Connolly in January 2019. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 22 Oct 2019 - 23:24, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian Foreign Ministry reported earlier today that the United States House of Representatives is holding discussions over the bipartisan Georgia Support Act. 

The bill, introduced in the House on January 16, 2019, directs the Department of State to report to Congress on various topics related to Georgia. 

In particular, reports shall cover:

  1. U.S. security assistance to Georgia and an assessment of threats to the country's independence and its ability to defend itself
  2. cybersecurity cooperation between the United States and Georgia, and 
  3. a strategy to help Georgia expand its capabilities to combat Russian disinformation and propaganda.

The US President shall also impose "entry and property-blocking sanctions against foreign persons responsible for or complicit in serious human rights abuses" in the two Russian occupied regions of Georgia: Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia).

Georgian legislators welcome ongoing discussions in the House

Sofio Katsarava, the chair of the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee said it proves how important US-Georgia partnership is. A fellow legislator Akaki Zoidze also said “it is very important” that the US Congress is discussing the bipartisan bill. 

This is yet another clear proof of an unprecedented support and the high-level relations between the two countries”, Zoidze wrote on his Facebook page. 

The First Deputy Speaker Tamar Chugoshvili said the Georgia Support Act underscores the US’ support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. 

She said it also calls US officials to impose sanctions against the perpetrators on the occupied regions, as well as to sign a free trade agreement with Georgia. 

Confident that the bill will receive support in the House, Tamar Chugoshvili hoped it will further be endorsed in the Senate as well.

We expect that by the end of the year, this act will enter into force and become the first fully-fledged law that the US will receive in support of Georgia and about Georgia”, Chugoshvili stated earlier today. 

After the Georgia Support Act will be passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, it will need to be signed by President Donald Trump to come into play.