Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., drafted a resolution honoring the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that omitted several passages that Republicans have sought, including praise for her statement that “all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail.”
Republicans and Democrats have been exchanging edits to the resolution since last week. “Whereas Baroness Margaret Thatcher in 1984 survived an assassination attempt by the Irish Republican Army in Brighton, United Kingdom, and declared that ‘all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail,”’ says one point in the Republican version of the resolution.
Menendez drafted an alternative resolution today that makes no mention of the assassination attempt or Thatcher’s response to that terrorist attack. His resolution does include the observation that “Baroness Margaret Thatcher dedicated her life to the cause of democracy, freedom, and the economic well being of the United Kingdom and the world.” So does the Republican version.
Update: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced a resolution honoring Thatcher that contained the preferred Republican language. The resolution passed by unanimous consent. See the full text embedded below this story.