House adopts Hill resolution calling for release of all hostages held by Hamas

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously adopted a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Rep. French Hill (R-AR) that calls upon Hamas to immediately release all hostages taken during the terrorist group’s October attack on Israel.

The House voted 414-0 to approve House Resolution (H.Res.) 793, which Rep. Hill signed on to as the lead original cosponsor alongside bill sponsor U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) and 196 other original cosponsors. Rep. Hill and Rep. Stevens are co-chairs of the Congressional Hostage Task Force.

“I am proud that my resolution with Rep. Haley Stevens passed the House tonight, further demonstrating our steadfast commitment to bringing all those held hostage by Hamas home safely,” Rep. Hill said on Nov. 28.

Rep. Stevens pointed out that H.Res. 793 also “recognizes Hamas’ actions as evil and demonstrates our continued commitment to bringing all those held safely home.”

“Holding innocent civilians hostage is immoral,” added Rep. Hill. “While Hamas releasing some of the hostages last week was a step in the right direction, it is not enough until all those held against their will by this savage terrorist group are released from captivity.”

Rep. Stevens agreed, saying last week’s release of hostages by Hamas was an important step, but is “cold comfort” to the nearly 200 hostages still held.

H.Res. 793 now heads to the U.S. Senate for action.