Report: Senate Democrats Blocking Resolution Honoring Thatcher

Saturday, 13 Apr 2013 03:32 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Senate Democrats are holding up a resolution to honor former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday at age 87, a Heritage Foundation affiliate reports.

The resolution was to pass late Wednesday in the Democratic-controlled upper chamber, said Katherine Rosario of Heritage Action for America.

The group is a sister organization of the Heritage Foundation.

Meanwhile, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution honoring Thatcher, The Daily Mail reports. It was introduced by Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.

The tribute cited Thatcher’s “life-long commitment to advancing freedom, liberty, and democracy and for her friendship to the United States,” according to The Daily Mail.

“To refuse to honor a woman of such great historical and political significance, who was deeply loyal to the United States, is petty and shameful,” Rosario said in her Heritage blog post.

“One truly has to wonder, what is it about Lady Thatcher that gives them pause? Her unfaltering commitment to freedom? Or perhaps the way she fought for individual liberty and limited government?

“Lady Margaret Thatcher was a principled politician who helped to foster the special relationship between Great Britain and the United States that we all benefit from today,” Rosario said.

Thatcher, who died in London, will receive a ceremonial funeral on Wednesday. Among the more than 2,000 guests expected are Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip.

The last time the monarch attended a prime minister's funeral was when Winston Churchill died in 1965.

Other guests include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — and three former British Prime Ministers, Sir John Major, Tony Blair, and Gordon Brown.


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