The amendment was supported by a broad majority in the House, as well as the 500 U.S.-based organizations that make up the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines.
Congressman Lynch said, "Nearly twenty thousand people are killed every year by landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and about a third of those victims are children. That is in addition to the more than 135 American soldiers who were killed or injured by landmines in the Global War on Terrorism. Removing landmines and so-called IEDs is a critical first step for the reconstruction of war-torn countries. Plain and simple, removing landmines saves lives, and it’s our responsibility to help other nations do it safely.”
In 2004, the Bush Administration announced a new
Congressman Lynch said, "Today, there are 80 million landmines in over 80 countries around the world. Every day that we fail to act, millions more lives are put at risk. President Bush has shown his commitment on this important issue and we in Congress must deliver on that promise. I encourage Members of the Senate to support this important measure and fulfill our commitment to help eradicate landmines and IEDs worldwide.”