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.
More on Foreign Affairs
(Washington, DC) – Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere made the following statement today after H.R. 1918, the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017, unanimously passed the House of Representatives:
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding the Administration’s decision to order the departure of non-emergency personnel and family members assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba in response to continued sonic attacks against U.S. Embassy personnel:
This week in Washington, I attended a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the reorganization of the State Department, marked up my Global Health Innovation Act, and met with various groups to discuss health care, education, and regional security in the Western Hemisphere.
While in Washington this week, I cosponsored several pieces of legislation to assist our veterans and a bill to grow American income, discussed the role of external actors in the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, and met with the Ambassadors from Honduras and Antigua and Barbuda.
This week in Washington, the House of Representatives passed a relief package for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, I cosponsored the DREAM Act of 2017, met with President Trump and other Congressional members about the Gateway Project, and welcomed Mayor Corral of Santa Fe City in Argentina.
(Washington, D.C.) — Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere; Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the Chairman Emeritus of the Committee, today made the following statement regarding recent developments in Guatemala:
(Washington, D.C.)- Congressman Albio Sires issued the following statement regarding Venezuela’s constituent assembly vote:
"Maduro continues his quest to complete the 'Cubanization' of Venezuela and destroy all remaining democratic institutions. His sham constituent assembly was nothing more than a desperate move to shut out pro-democracy leaders who are fighting for the Venezuelan people. The Venezuelan people have shown tremendous courage and commitment to fighting for their country and I stand with them in their efforts to maintain strong democratic principles.
(Washington, D.C.)- Congressman Albio Sires issued the following statement regarding sanctions against Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela:
(Washington, DC) – Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman Emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs made the following statement today after H.R. 1918, the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017, was unanimously passed by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs by voice vote.