Congressman Sires Leads Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration, and International Economic Policy, released the following statement after leading a bipartisan Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic:
“I had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic with a bipartisan delegation of colleagues to convey our commitment to further strengthening this important bilateral relationship. I was joined by Congressman Mark Green, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and Congressman Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican Member of Congress in U.S. history.
“I was encouraged by the Abinader administration’s efforts to combat corruption, strengthen the rule of law, and expand economic opportunity. I came away from the trip with a sense of optimism about the future of U.S.-Dominican relations. In a hemisphere where too many countries are taking steps backward in the fight against corruption, the separation of powers, and respect for democratic norms, the Dominican Republic stands out as a country that is heading in a positive direction.
“While in the Dominican Republic, our delegation visited a number of U.S.-funded development and security assistance projects, met with civil society and private sector leaders, and held high-level meetings with Dominican government officials, including President Luis Abinader. With more than two million Dominicans living in the U.S. and more than 70,000 people of Dominican descent in my district alone, it is clear that the fates of the United States and the Dominican Republic are closely linked. Taxpayer investments to improve safety and security in the Dominican Republic and throughout the Caribbean directly benefit the United States.
“I will continue working closely with Ambassador Guzmán at the Dominican Embassy in Washington and with my Dominican-American constituents in New Jersey to advance the shared interests of the U.S. and the Dominican Republic.”