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.
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.
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Over the last month there have been peaceful protest demonstrations around the nation and I have received numerous messages from constituents expressing concern and outrage over actions carried out in the first four weeks of the Trump Administration. I share these concerns and am strongly opposed to recent decisions that put our national security at risk and are fundamentally opposed to the core values we hold as Americans. Here is an update on the recent actions I have taken.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive orders suspending refugee resettlements and changes in immigration policy for certain countries:
(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding lack of transparency for government witnesses testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Today, an amendment presented to the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rules for the 115th Congress by Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) requiring witnesses to disclose conflicts and prior relationships with foreign agents failed to be included the final version.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) along with Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) introduced H.Res. 54, a resolution reaffirming the U.S.-Argentina partnership and recognizing Argentina’s economic reforms. Similarly, Senator Chris Coons (D-CT) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) are introducing an identical resolution, ensuring our Congress speaks with one voice in reaffirming the U.S. - Argentina partnership.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Congressman issued the following statement about the Administration’s decision to end the “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy. Effective immediately, the Administration announced they are ending the policy commonly referred to as “Wet Foot, Dry Foot.” For nearly a decade, this policy has allowed Cubans fleeing their homeland, who reach our shores, to stay in America and have expedited access to Legal Permanent Residency.
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) sent a letter to Secretary Kerry, along with several other Members, urging the Administration to condemn the continued persecution of Coptic Christians and work with the Egyptian government to protect religious minorities in Egypt.