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
In Washington last week, the President announced his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court and I participated in a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing examining how the United States can advance U.S. interested in the Western Hemisphere. The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee also held a hearing to receive updates on the crisis ongoing in Nicaragua, then considered a resolution which I cosponsored that denounced this violence.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement regarding Justice Department’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents as part of the ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential election:
(Washington, D.C.) –Congressman Sires released the following statement supporting the NATO alliance:
The action in Washington continued this week as Congress attempted another vote on immigration legislation. Both the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs reviewed numerous pieces of legislation in markups, and I met with delegations from around the world to discuss critical issues that affect our communities.
There was a lot of action in Washington this week as the House of Representatives considered immigration legislation, reconsidered the Farm Bill, and passed numerous bills related to the opioid crisis. Additionally, I attended hearings on U.S. policy in Afghanistan and pipeline safety, and held a number of meetings with diverse groups representing constituents from the 8th District, citizens around the country, and international delegations.
This week in Washington, the House voted on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, listened to experts testify on opportunities for trade in the Americas at a Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing, and met with a number of groups from around the country
While in Washington this week, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund our military for fiscal year (FY) 2019. Also, the Transportation Committee’s Highways and Transit Subcommittee hosted a hearing on the implementation of the FAST Act and the full Committee marked up the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).
Last week in Washington, the House passed a damaging Farm Bill, I introduced a resolution honoring victims of the Katyn Massacre, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee marked up several bills relating to the Peace Corps, anti-semitism, the massacre of Rohingya in Burma, and genocide. Additionally, I met with several groups from the District and around the country.
While in Washington this week, I listened to experts discuss the Iranian challenge at a Foreign Affairs hearing, and considered several bills related to security assistance and countering foreign propaganda. Additionally, I met with groups from the 8th District and national organizations and reacted to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Deal.