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Sires’ Resolution Strengthening U.S.-Argentina Partnership Passes in House Foreign Affairs Committee

Mar 29, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, H.Res.54, a bipartisan resolution reaffirming the U.S.-Argentina partnership and recognizing Argentina’s economic reforms, introduced by Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC), was unanimously passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“Argentina is Latin America’s third largest economy and President Macri’s commitment to stimulate growth and reassert Argentina’s leadership internationally after years of isolationist views 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.

H.Res.54 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.  In addition, it cites 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.  This resolution also urges the State Department to coordinate an interagency strategy to increase cooperation with Argentina on areas of bilateral, regional, and global concern.  Finally, it encourages the Macri Administration to continue investigating 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, and prosecute those who were involved.  

Rep. Duncan stated, “The relationship with Argentina is very important to the United States, especially given the shared values between our nations. I commend the courageous actions of President Macri in seeking to fix the ruinous economic policies of the previous government, re-establish ties with freedom-loving countries in the Americas, and reassert Argentina’s role as a regional leader. I am extremely optimistic about Argentina’s future, especially given its energy potential, and I applaud Ranking Member Sires’ efforts with this legislation to underscore the value the U.S. places on developing an even stronger partnership with Argentina.”

In the last Congress, Ranking Member Sires and Chairman Duncan traveled to Argentina to deepen bilateral relations and discuss security and law enforcement cooperation. “I am proud to sponsor this resolution and grateful to Chairman Duncan for working with me on this bipartisan piece of legislation that highlights the importance of the U.S.-Argentina partnership in United States foreign policy.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to bring H.Res.54 for a vote on the House Floor,” said Rep. Sires.

H.Res.54 was approved unanimously by the House Foreign Affairs Committee and now awaits further action in the Full House of Representatives.  To read H.Res. 54, please click here.