Both chambers of Congress have introduced resolutions that urge the Uganda Parliament to dump a proposed bill that that ups the penalties for being gay in a country where it is already illegal.

California Representative Howard L. Berman introduced his resolution on Wednesday. The resolution has attracted 38 co-sponsors, including openly gay representatives Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Jared Polis of Colorado.

Last year, Uganda lawmaker David Bahati introduced the bill that includes a death penalty provision for people who repeatedly engage in gay sex and those who are HIV-positive. The bill also bans the “promotion of homosexuality,” which would effectively outlaw political organizations, broadcasters and publishers that advocate on behalf of gay rights.

The House measure expresses U.S. opposition to the bill and calls on the secretary of state and the president to “impress upon the Ugandan government the U.S. belief in the human dignity of all Ugandans regardless of sexual orientation.”

Both Secretary Clinton and President Obama criticized the proposal on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast.

“We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are – whether it's here in the United States or as Hillary [Clinton] mentioned more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda,” Obama said.

Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced a similar measure on Thursday.

In addition to urging the Uganda Parliament to reject the anti-gay bill, the resolution also “urges all countries around the world to reject and repeal similar laws that criminalize homosexuality, and encourages the United States Department of State to closely monitor human rights abuses that occur because of sexual orientation,” according to a statement released by Feingold's office.