Charlie Crist misses vote condemning UN resolution on Israel settlements
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Charlie Crist tonight missed a key House vote condemning a UN resolution seen as anti-Israel, and issued a statement quoting another lawmaker, an usual move, to say the least.
Here is Crist's news release, which does not specify why he missed the vote.
Tonight, Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) made the following statement regarding the vote held in the U.S. House of Representatives on H. Res. 11, a resolution objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace:
"This evening, I planned to vote in favor of H. Res. 11, but was unfortunately delayed in arriving to the House floor," said Congressman Crist. "As a cosponsor of this measure, I believe it is vital that the United Nations Security Council be sent a clear message that biased, one-sided resolutions targeting Israel are unacceptable and only make it more difficult for negotiations to resume between Israelis and Palestinians.
Congressman Eliot Engel, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, added the following regarding Congressman Crist’s support of H. Res. 11
"Charlie Crist is a great friend of Israel. One of his first acts as a member of Congress was cosponsoring legislation that condemned the UN's anti-Israel resolution, and I welcomed his support for that important measure. I look forward to continuing to work with Representative Crist to help strengthen the US-Israel relationship and advance other policy priorities," said Congressman Engel.