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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

Jan 23, 2020

Georgetown, Guyana – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade, released the following statement after leading a congressional delegation to Guyana with Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) and Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY):  

Jan 17, 2020

This week, the House considered legislation on age discrimination and student loans. The House Budget Committee met to discuss federal funding to local governments and the House Foreign Affairs Committee met to discuss Iran. I also chaired a Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing.

Legislation

Jan 17, 2020

This week, the House considered legislation on age discrimination and student loans. The House Budget Committee met to discuss federal funding to local governments and the House Foreign Affairs Committee met to discuss Iran. I also chaired a Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing.

Legislation

Jan 15, 2020

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade, delivered the following remarks at the subcommittee hearing on strengthening U.S. security assistance to Mexico:

Jan 15, 2020

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Andy Levin (D-MI), and Ted Yoho (R-FL) expressed solidarity with Haitian human rights defender Pierre Espérance and condemned threats made against him following his Congressional testimony in December.

Jan 9, 2020

(Washington D.C.)- Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res.83 by a vote of 224 to 194:

Jan 6, 2020

(Washington, D.C.) – Hoy, el congresista Albio Sires (D-NJ), presidente del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, Seguridad Civil y Comercio, emitió la siguiente declaración condenando los actos del régimen de Maduro en que el dictador intentó tomar control de la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela con el use de la fuerza:

Jan 6, 2020

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade, released the following statement condemning the Maduro regime’s effort to overtake the Venezuelan National Assembly by force:

Jan 3, 2020

(Washington D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) released the following statement regarding last night’s strike in Iraq that killed Qasem Soleimani:

Dec 20, 2019

This week in Washington, the House passed vital legislation on fiscal year (FY)2020 appropriations, the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, and United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Additionally, two articles of impeachment reached the floor for consideration. I met with delegations from Chile and Colombia, as well as led two bipartisan efforts to shape our foreign policy with Nicaragua and Taiwan.

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