Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Stalling on Sudan

Now we see why there was so much inaction in the Congress on the worsening situation in the Sudan. The Hill reports:

Business lobbyists scored a quiet win this week when lawmakers approved a long-stalled Sudan sanctions bill without language protecting states’ ability to force the sale of public holdings tied to the African dictatorship — but the legislative battle is far from over.

The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), which represents more than 300 multinational companies, had led the lobbying campaign against a section on state investments inserted during House consideration of the Sudan sanctions bill earlier this year. The bill passed Congress late Monday, as the Sudanese government continued to block a United Nations force aimed at halting mass killings in its Darfur region.