Date: December 4, 2014
Issue: Letter to Representative Huizenga regarding his appointment to chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade
To: Representative Huizenga
Filing Type: Hill
Description: In addition to being costly and unproductive, growing evidence suggests that the conflict minerals rule is also harming the very people it was intended to protect. A recent front-page article in the Washington Post lays out in painful detail the humanitarian consequences of the conflict minerals rule. Because of the chain reaction that the rule has created, millions of Congolese have fallen deeper into poverty and children are being forced to join armed militias. This Post article vindicates many of the predictions that were made when the rule was first adopted, and provides further evidence that the rule is doing far more in the way of harm than good.