October 8, 2010 | The Hill
In this pre-election period, while Congress is focused on domestic economic issues, members of the House and Senate recently passed landmark legislation that seeks to mitigate the ongoing, devastating conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law by President Obama on July 21st, 2010, includes a provision (Section 1502) that aims to reduce the use of conflict minerals - originating in the DRC or in one of its neighbors - in electronic devices. Many mines and export routes in eastern DRC are controlled by competing militant groups, who use the illicit trade of minerals to finance their war chests.
A truncated version of the article was published in The Hill's print edition on October 7, 2010. The complete article was published on The Hill's Congress Blog here.