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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Foreign Affairs

I believe that basic human rights and fundamental freedoms must be upheld and respected around the world, in every nation and in every community. No child should have to suffer simply because of where he or she was born. I also believe that poverty is one of the root causes of extremism around the globe. The United States must be a leader in the international arena through investments in diplomacy, economic and social development, political stability, and democratic representation. In addition, our international policies must be part of our comprehensive national security strategy. In order to ensure security at home, we must address the root causes of extremism by fostering development and freedom abroad.

Foreign Affairs Committee

I am proud to be a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  As a committee, we must create an overarching strategy that complements our existing programs and ensures they fit with the democratic and humanitarian goals and ideals of the United States.

As Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, I strive to strengthen relations with our neighbors in the Hemisphere in order to ensure prosperity. It is an honor to serve as the lead Democrat on a Subcommittee that oversees a portion of the world that is not only strategically critical for our foreign agenda, but a part of the world that is deeply personal to me and many of my constituents. The Subcommittee in Western Hemisphere has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to the countries in South America, North America, and the Caribbean.

I am also a member of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. This Subcommittee has jurisdiction over matters affecting the relations between the United States and countries in the region.

Global Health

Each year, millions of people throughout the world are left to suffer without the necessary health care, education, and basic freedoms.  It is unacceptable that every year millions of lives are lost due to infectious diseases, malnutrition, and complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and it is unacceptable that thousands of people are threatened, attacked, and silenced simply for standing up for what they believe.  I am a strong supporter of assistance that fosters stable governments that provide essential services and respect human rights. That is why I introduced H.R. 2241, the Global Health Innovation Act of 2015. This bill would help to address health care needs around the world and reduce the threat of pandemic diseases.

I believe that the United States is a global leader and should act as such.  To promote global security and global prosperity, we must support our basic tenants of opportunity, human rights, and democracy to foster genuine relationships with international actors.   I have been a strong advocate for the use of our foreign assistance as an integral part of our overall national security strategy and foreign policy.

More on Foreign Affairs

May 31, 2016
While in Washington this past week I held several meetings and participated in a Subcommittee on Highways and Transit hearing.
May 20, 2016

While representing the 8th District in Washington this week, I held several meetings, attended a House Foreign Affairs Committee markup, and voted on important legislation.

Meetings & Events

May 2, 2016
While in Washington last week I held several meetings, participated in hearings of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and attended an event about global press freedom.
Apr 25, 2016
Last week in Washington I held several meetings, participated in two House Committee markups, and celebrated special events.
Apr 18, 2016

While in Washington this week, I held several meetings, participated in a hearing of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, and attended a number of events.

Meetings

Mar 24, 2016

This week in Washington I held several meetings, attended a Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing, and voted on important legislation.

Meetings

Mar 18, 2016
While in Washington this week I met with various groups from the 8th District and completed Foreign Affairs work.
Mar 4, 2016

Representing the 8th District in Washington this week, I completed Foreign Affairs Committee work, held several meetings, and attended a markup and a hearing as part of my work on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Foreign Affairs

Feb 26, 2016
This week in Washington I attended several meetings and completed Foreign Affairs Committee work.
Feb 18, 2016

(Washington, D.C.)-  Congressman Sires issued the following statement on President Obama’s upcoming trip to Cuba:

“The President’s announcement this morning that he will travel to Cuba next month is extremely troubling and represents yet another concession to the Castro brothers while the Cuban people continue to languish without access to basic freedoms.  This trip sets a dangerous precedent for U.S. presidents visiting dictators in Latin America and is another step towards legitimizing a dictatorial regime that thrives on the backs of innocent Cuban people. 

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