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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Last week in Washington, I was assigned to the House Committee on the Budget and introduced legislation addressing health research and international human rights. I met with New Jersey community colleges, members of Local 2369 from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition and Transportation Energy Partners, and other important stakeholders. Additionally, I cosponsored a resolution to overturn President Trump’s harmful emergency declaration.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires introduced a House Resolution with bipartisan support that affirms a Cuban regime program which forced medical professionals to work abroad is recognized as human trafficking.
For years, Cuba has forced thousands of medical personnel to work in foreign countries under prohibitive conditions that included restriction of movement, surveillance, coercion, retaliation against family members, and wage garnishing.
Last week in Washington, my bill to reform commuter safety inspections passed the House, along with increased child care services for veterans’ families. I met with representatives of the New Jersey Education Association, the Puerto Rico Manufacturing Association, and a number of foreign delegations. I continue to work with my colleagues on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to address the crisis in Venezuela, and my colleagues and I on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met for the first time in the 116th Congress.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires officially recognized Juan Guaidó as the constitutionally legitimate Interim President of Venezuela and called for swift elections in the country.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement after the announcement of undocumented workers being terminated at several Trump National Golf Club locations:
Last week, I was elected Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade by my colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. I visited the Hudson River Tunnel last Monday and worked with my colleagues in the New Jersey Congressional delegation to implore action on crucial infrastructure projects. Additionally, I voted to raise the pay of civilian federal employees, including those impacted by the shutdown, and sponsored legislation to address the crisis in Venezuela.
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Sires joined Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D-FL) in introducing her first bill titled “the Venezuela Arms Restriction Act,” bipartisan legislation to prohibit the export of defense articles and crime control materials from the United States to the security forces of Venezuela. These tools are often used by the illegitimate Maduro regime to attack its own people, often with lethal consequences.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires was elected to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade for the 116th Congress by his peers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Congressman Sires has served as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee since the 113th Congress and has been a member of the Subcommittee throughout the duration of his tenure in the House of Representatives since 2006.
Last week in Washington, the partial government shutdown came to an end for our country and the over 800,000 federal workers who were directly impacted. Additionally, my colleagues and I worked to advance foreign policy in the Syria crisis, combat global health, and address concerns over the impending 2020 census.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement regarding Juan Guaidó declaring himself interim President of Venezuela. Juan Guaidó currently serves as President of the legitimately elected Venezuela National Assembly.