Petitioning Chief of Staff, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) Todd B Womack and 40 others

SENATE: Withdraw the “Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act”

NO FREE LUNCH FOR RAUL CASTRO OR VLADIMIR PUTIN: Withdraw S. 3155, the “Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act” Immediately

Dear Senators:

By this letter, I am asking you to withdraw S. 3155, the “Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act” from consideration by the Senate.

S. 3155’s aim is to completely immunize from suit cultural property confiscated or looted by a foreign sovereign or its agents, and subsequently loaned to a U.S. institution.  This bill will therefore explicitly recognize that all cultural property seized, confiscated or looted by the Bolshevik government, the subsequent Soviet government and by the Castro regime in Cuba, then loaned for display in U.S. institutions will be unencumbered by claims from the victims of those regimes, thus depriving them from being heard in U.S. courts.

S. 3155 constitutes an outrageous concession to Vladimir Putin and to Raul Castro, for whom legal peace for art loans remains a top diplomatic priority, and that the American museum lobby is more than willing to bring about so that it has access to priceless paintings held by State Russian and Cuban institutions. Why cater to the whims of these totalitarian governments, and trample the rights of untold numbers of victims of looting by creating a safe haven for looted cultural property in the United States?

We know that you will do the right thing by opposing this outrageous bill and seeking its withdrawal from any further consideration, review, amendments or vote. I thank you in advance for your very important leadership on this issue.

Respectfully submitted,

Distribution List:

U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)

U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK)

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA)

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD)

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS)

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN)

U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD)

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AL)

U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

U.S. Senator Benjamin Sasse (R-NE)

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
    Todd B Womack
  • Legislative Assistant, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
    Robert Hunter
  • Legislative Assistant, Sen. Robert Portman (R-OH)
    Brian Riedl
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Robert Portman (R-OH)
    Mark W Isakowitz
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)
    Anthony E Blando
  • Legislative Assistant, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)
    Deborah Weigel
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
    Kathryn M Dickens
  • Legislative Counsel, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
    Gregory P Tosi
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
    Ryan T Jackson
  • Legislative Director, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
    Lucas A Holland
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA)
    Christopher Taketo Gahan
  • Legislative Director, Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA)
    Daniel P Brandt III
  • Chief of Staff
    Gregory J Slavonic
  • Legislative Director
    Michelle E Altman
  • Legislative Director, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
    Matthew R Rimkunas
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
    Richard S Perry
  • Legislative Director and Senior Counsel, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
    Allison P Martin
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
    David P Cleary
  • Legislative Director, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD)
    Gregg Rickman
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD)
    Robert T Skjonsberg
  • Legislative Director, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
    Amber S Kirchhoefer
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
    Jacqueline Dailey Cottrell
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
    Chandler C Morse
  • Chief Counsel, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
    Gary E Barnett
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Daniel Coats (R-IN)
    Constantine C Hingson
  • Executive Assistant, Sen. Daniel Coats (R-IN)
    Susan J Dubin
  • Legislative Director, Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
    Jane B Lucas
  • Senior Advisor, Counsel, Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
    Jon Lauck
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
    Douglas C Coutts
  • Legislative Director, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
    Jonathan D Hiler
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
    Joseph R Balash
  • Legislative Director, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
    Peter A Henry
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. James Risch (R-ID)
    John A Sandy
  • Correspondence Director/Deputy Legislative Director, Sen. James Risch (R-ID)
    Timothy R Petty
  • Legislative Director, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
    Joseph F Donoghue
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
    Pablo E Carrillo
  • Chief of Staff, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
    Alberto E Martinez
  • Legislative Director, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
    Sara E Decker
  • General Counsel, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
    Gregg T Nunziata
  • Deputy Legislative Director, Sen. Benjamin Sasse (R-NE)
    Christopher J Barkley
  • National Security Advisor, Sen. Benjamin Sasse (R-NE)
    Klon K Kitchen

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