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Sires and Duncan introduce resolution strengthening the U.S.-Argentina partnership

Jan 23, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) along with Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) introduced H.Res. 54, a resolution reaffirming the U.S.-Argentina partnership and recognizing Argentina’s economic reforms. Similarly, Senator Chris Coons (D-CT) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) are introducing an identical resolution, ensuring our Congress speaks with one voice in reaffirming the U.S. - Argentina partnership.

“Argentina is Latin America’s third largest economy and President Macri’s commitment to reassert Argentina’s leadership internationally and to strengthen its partnership with the U.S. is a positive step for hemispheric relations. President Macri’s decision to resolve the 15-year standoff with private creditors stemming from the 2001-02 economic crisis is also an excellent example of  the President’s commitment to improve his country’s ties with the international community” said Rep. Sires.

The resolution recognizes President Mauricio Macri’s efforts since his election in November 2015 to improve ties with the United States and restore the bilateral partnership previously enjoyed by both countries. It also sites Macri’s commitment to rebuild the economy, combat domestic corruption, defend human rights abroad, strengthen press freedoms, attract foreign direct investment, and return Argentina to the international credit markets. Finally, the resolution encourages the State Department to coordinate an interagency strategy to increase cooperation with Argentina on areas of bilateral, regional, and global concern; and the Macri government to continue to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, as well as the January 2015 death of AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

Rep. Duncan stated, “This resolution confirms the value of a robust bilateral relationship between the United States and Argentina. Strong relationships with our neighbors in the Hemisphere are paramount to prosperity and security in an increasingly uncertain era abroad.  I welcome the recent economic reforms instituted by President Macri, and I also encourage continued cooperation on the investigation into the suspicious death of Alberto Nisman and the 1994 AMIA bombing. I’m convinced Argentina has a bright future under President Macri’s strong leadership, and I look forward to continuing to work together on issues of mutual interest to further strengthen the bilateral relationship.”                

In the last Congress, Ranking Member Sires and Chairman Duncan traveled to Argentina to deepen bilateral relations and discuss security and law enforcement cooperation. Later that month, President Obama traveled to the country to strengthen engagement on trade and investment, renewable energy, climate change, security, and peacekeeping issues. “As a new Congress and Administration takes office here in Washington, this resolution sends a clear and important message that the U.S.-Argentina partnership continues to be a priority for United States foreign policy. I thank Chairman Duncan for working with me to introduce this bipartisan piece of legislation”, said Rep. Sires.

H.Res. 54 was also introduced with the support of Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) Chairman Emeritus of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.