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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

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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. 2241, the Global Health Innovation Act of 2015. This bill would help to address health care needs around the world and reduce the threat of pandemic diseases.

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

Feb 26, 2016
This week in Washington I attended several meetings and completed Foreign Affairs Committee work.
Feb 18, 2016

(Washington, D.C.)-  Congressman Sires issued the following statement on President Obama’s upcoming trip to Cuba:

“The President’s announcement this morning that he will travel to Cuba next month is extremely troubling and represents yet another concession to the Castro brothers while the Cuban people continue to languish without access to basic freedoms.  This trip sets a dangerous precedent for U.S. presidents visiting dictators in Latin America and is another step towards legitimizing a dictatorial regime that thrives on the backs of innocent Cuban people. 

Feb 12, 2016

While in Washington this week, I held several meetings, completed Transportation and Infrastructure Committee work, and attended a Joint Subcommittee hearing.


Feb 5, 2016
This week in Washington I met with various officials from New Jersey’s 8th District, completed Foreign Affairs Committee work, and voted on important legislation.
Jan 13, 2016

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding the House of Representatives voting to pass H.R. 757 the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act 418 to 2:

Jan 8, 2016
This week marked the beginning of the New Year. While in Washington, I attended a Foreign Affairs Committee markup, met with the Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States, and sent a letter to President Obama regarding Iran's recent missile tests.
Jan 6, 2016
US Representatives Nita Lowey (NY-17), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Albio Sires (NJ-8), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Susan Davis (CA-53), and Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) today sent a letter to President Barack Obama calling for immediate punitive sanctions in response to Iran's recent violation of international law by test-firing medium-range ballistic missiles in October and November 2015. The lawmakers issued the following joint statement:
Dec 18, 2015

This week in Washington, I voted on important legislation including the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill to fund the government.

Featured Legislation

Dec 18, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, H.R. 2241, the Global Health Innovation Act, introduced by Congressman Albio Sires, passed the House of Representatives by voice vote.

Infectious diseases and other health conditions still claim the lives of nearly 9 million people each year. To improve the United States' leadership in global health care, Rep. Albio Sires and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) introduced legislation to promote the development of health products that are affordable, culturally appropriate, and easy to use in low-resource health systems.

Dec 16, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) -“ Yesterday, H.Res. 536, a resolution condemning attacks on press freedoms in the Western Hemisphere, introduced by Congressman Albio Sires, successfully passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 399 to 2. H. Res. 536 was introduced with bipartisan support, with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) serving as the lead Republican cosponsor.