House passage came after a brief debate in which several members spoke out against the ongoing human-rights violations, political suppression and killings that the government reportedly carries out against its people. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) said Myanmar's government is among the most brutal, and was joined on the floor by Reps. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), and Rush Holt (D-N.J.).
The resolution would extend import sanctions under the 2003 Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act, but only if approved by the Senate.