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. 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.
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This week in Washington, I voted for the passage of legislation to support veteran-owned small businesses as well as a bill to increase the competitiveness of U.S. exports. I met with DACA recipients, the New Jersey League of Conservation, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and more to discuss the impacts of federal policy on our community. I also attended a House Budget Committee hearing with the Chair of the Federal Reserve and a Europe and Eurasia Subcommittee hearing on democratic values in NATO.
Last week in Washington, the House voted on guidelines and rules for the official impeachment inquiry and the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed my bipartisan resolution. I sought answers from Boeing executives on the lack of oversight and accountability that caused the 737 MAX tragedies and met with representatives of United Steelworkers.
(Washington, D.C.) – El Comité de Asuntos Exteriores de la Cámara de Representantes aprobó el miércoles una resolución bipartidista, H.Res. 649, presentado por el congresista Albio Sires (D-NJ), presidente del Subcomité de Hemisferio Occidental, Seguridad Civil y Comercio, y el congresista Christopher Smith (R-NJ), felicitando a la Fundación Interamericana por su esfuerzo de 50 años para avanzar en el desarrollo económico y social de los países del hemisferio occidental:
Washington, DC – The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday passed a bipartisan resolution, H.Res. 649, introduced by Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade, and Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ), commending the Inter-American Foundation for its 50-year effort to advance the economic and social development of countries in the Western Hemisphere:
(Washington D.C.) – Today, H.Res.546, a bipartisan resolution introduced by Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) disapproving Russia’s inclusion in future Group of Seven (G-7) summits until it respects the territorial integrity of its neighbors and adheres to the standards of democratic societies, was unanimously passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
(Washington, D.C.) – Hoy, el congresista Albio Sires (D-NJ), presidente del Subcomité para el Hemisferio Occidental, Seguridad, y Comercio, envió una carta con el Senador Marco Rubio (R-FL) y once otros miembros del Congreso, reconociendo a la alta representante Federica Mogherini por convocar la conferencia de solidaridad que comienza hoy en Bruselas y enfatizando la necesidad para más apoyo internacional para enfrentar la crisis migratoria en Venezuela:
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade, led a bipartisan letter with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and eleven other members of Congress, commending European Commission High Representative Federica Mogherini for convening a solidarity conference on the Venezuela migrant crisis and underscoring the need for additional support for Venezuelan migrants and refugees throughout the region:
This week, the House considered legislation on financial reporting and election security. I introduced job training legislation with Senator Menendez and testified at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the conflict in Syria. Additionally, I chaired a Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing addressing the Administration’s policy towards Latin America.
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Sires, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade, delivered today the following opening remarks at the subcommittee hearing on the Trump Administration’s FY 2020 Budget and U.S. Policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean:
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) released the following statement in response to reports that President Trump consulted Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban about Ukraine: