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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. 1660, the Global Health Innovation Act of 2017. This bill would help to address health care needs around the world and reduce the threat of pandemic diseases. H.R. 1660 passed the House of Representatives and now awaits further action in the Senate. 

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

Sep 17, 2018

Last week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee conducted oversight of the Trump Administration, including its relationship with Russia.  Additionally, I met with the New Jersey Commissioner of Education, medical research advocates from Hoboken, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and others to discuss the impact of their work in the 8th District.

Sep 7, 2018
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued the following statement on Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’ recent announcement that he would not renew CICIG’s mandate, the abuse of U.S.-donated military grade vehicles, decision to prevent the return of the CICIG Commissioner to Guatemala, and deteriorating investment climate conditions.
Sep 4, 2018
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Representative Albio Sires, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement on the Guatemalan government’s decision to deny International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) Commissioner Ivan Velasquez re-entry into the country:
Aug 31, 2018
Representative Albio Sires, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’s announcement that he will not renew the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) when it’s current mandate expires:
Aug 21, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Congressman Sires responded to El Salvador's decision to cut ties with Taiwan in favor of diplomatic ties with Beijing:

Aug 2, 2018
(Washington, D.C.) –Today, Congressman Sires, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, joined a bipartisan group of members of Congress in urging the Trump Administration to use its authority under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act to sanction six individuals from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico for their involvement in corruption and organized crime.
Jul 30, 2018

In Washington last week, I managed a resolution on the House Floor condemning the violence in Nicaragua. The House of Representatives passed a bill extending the National Flood Insurance Program and legislation to support palliative care and hospice education centers. Attempts to pass legislation to hold individuals accountable for election interference ultimately failed on the Floor last week as well. Additionally, I met with foreign delegations and announced a grant for a dry dock in Bayonne.

Jul 20, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Ranking Member Albio Sires (NJ-08) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Chairman Paul Cook (CA-08) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Chairman Emeritus Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (NY-17) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee introduced H.Res.1006 to condemn the deteriorating situation in Venezuela and the regional humanitarian crisis it has caused, affirm support for the legitimate National Ass

Jul 20, 2018

This week, the President met with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki despite ongoing confirmations by the Intelligence Community that Russia has and will likely continue to target American elections. In Washington, I spoke with local business owners at the Indian Business Association and met constituents who work with ACCSES NJ. Later, I attended a Subcommittee hearing on hurricane and disaster recovery and held a number of meetings.

 

Jul 16, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) –Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement condemning President Trump’s closed-door meeting and press conference with Vladimir Putin that took place in Finland this morning: 

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