Kony resolution catches on in Senate

Much like the viral video that reintroduced the world to the atrocities committed by Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, a Senate resolution condemning his actions is rapidly gaining support on Capitol Hill.

Introduced by Sens. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsCentrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Bill Gates visits Capitol to discuss climate change with new Senate caucus The Memo: ISIS leader's death is no game-changer for Trump MORE (D-Del.) and Jim InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeEleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid Overnight Defense: Pentagon says Syrian oil revenue going to Kurdish forces | GOP chair accuses Dems of using Space Force as leverage in wall fight | Dems drop plans to seek Bolton testimony GOP senator: House Democrats using Space Force as leverage in border wall fight MORE (R-Okla.), the resolution calls upon the Obama administration to increase assistance to the Ugandan militarys efforts to take out Kony and his Lords Resistance Army. 

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Lawmakers have been falling all over themselves to sign on as co-sponsors to the Coons-Inhofe resolution. By Thursday, 37 senators had signed on.

The list of co-sponsors includes Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinRemembering leaders who put country above party Strange bedfellows oppose the filibuster Listen, learn and lead: Congressional newcomers should leave the extremist tactics at home MORE (D-Mich.), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Sanders proposes expanded Veterans Affairs services, B to rebuild infrastructure Cindy McCain says husband John McCain would be 'disgusted' by state of GOP MORE (R-Ariz.), Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedIt's time for Congress to establish a national mental health crisis number America's avengers deserve an advocate Democrats unifying against Joe Kennedy Senate bid MORE (D-R.I.), Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinHarris shares video addressing staffers the night Trump was elected: 'This is some s---' Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Senate talks on stalled Violence Against Women Act reauthorization unravel MORE (D-Calif.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Trump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment drama will dominate this week MORE (R-S.C.). 

The recent wave of attention on Kony and the LRA began weeks ago when the California-based nonprofit Invisible Children released the 30-minute Web video titled Kony 2012. 

The video highlighted the LRA’s practice of kidnapping children and forcing them to take up arms against Ugandan troops. The video metastasized into an Internet sensation, garnering millions of views and prompting a worldwide outcry against the LRA and its infamous leader. 

That outcry has now hit the halls of Capitol Hill. 

“Joseph Kony represents the worst of mankind, and he and his commanders must be held accountable for their war crimes, Coons wrote in the resolution.

“In order to combat terror and prevent further devastation caused by the hands of Joseph Kony, it is imperative that he is found and the LRA is finally disarmed. Only then, will we be able to bring stability to Africa. 

While the Kony 2012 video and subsequent public response has brought the LRA into the spotlight, the group has been active in Uganda, South Sudan and the Republic of Congo since the 1980s. 

Last October, the Obama administration approved sending 100 U.S. special operations troops into Uganda to help Ugandan forces go after Kony and the LRA. 

American special forces were not sent to engage LRA forces directly, but to provide logistics and intelligence support to the Ugandans, the Pentagon said at the time.