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The House Committee on Foreign Affairs is responsible for oversight and legislation relating to a broad range of foreign policy areas, including foreign assistance, the use of American military force abroad, international law and its enforcement, and trade. The Committee is divided into Subcommittees that oversee narrower areas of policy:

-Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and Internat

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs is responsible for oversight and legislation relating to a broad range of foreign policy areas, including foreign assistance, the use of American military force abroad, international law and its enforcement, and trade. The Committee is divided into Subcommittees that oversee narrower areas of policy:

-Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and Internat

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09/20/2022

The House just PASSED Tom's bipartisan bill — the CORRUPT Act! This bill holds Putin’s enablers accountable for supporting his human rights abuses & military aggression by imposing sanctions on Russian officials most critical to the regime.

Chairman Gregory Meeks: I commend the Administration for its leadership in facilitating dialogue between Armenia and Aze...
09/20/2022
Blinken hosts Armenia, Azerbaijan FMs in bid to boost peace

Chairman Gregory Meeks: I commend the Administration for its leadership in facilitating dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan. I urge both parties to maintain the current ceasefire and to work toward lasting peace through diplomacy.

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan on Monday in a bid to ease tensions and maintain a fragile ceasefire between the ex-Soviet countries and rivals following the largest outbreak of hostilities in more than two years.

Chairman Gregory Meeks: US and international support for Ukraine is making a difference and must be sustained. I enjoyed...
09/20/2022

Chairman Gregory Meeks: US and international support for Ukraine is making a difference and must be sustained. I enjoyed meeting with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at , reaffirming the US Congress will stand with the people of Ukraine for as long as this unjust war continues.

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09/19/2022

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09/19/2022

🚨THIS WEEK🚨 The House Foreign Affairs Committee convenes to discuss:

➡️US interest in regional security cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa

➡️Holding Russia accountable for its atrocity crimes in Ukraine

Find links to livestream hearings and briefings here: https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearings

Chairman Gregory Meeks: As Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am committed to strengthening US investments ...
09/17/2022

Chairman Gregory Meeks: As Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am committed to strengthening US investments and partnerships with the Caribbean region. It was a pleasure meeting with Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley to discuss US relations with Barbados and as a whole.

🚨LIVE🚨Join the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration and International Economic Policy for a ...
09/15/2022
Learning Loss in Latin America and the Caribbean: Building Better Education Systems in the Wake of the Pandemic

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Join the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration and International Economic Policy for a conversation on rebuilding education systems in Latin America and the Caribbean in the wake of

Witnesses:

Mr. Leandro Folgar
President of Plan Ceibal
Oriental Republic of Uruguay

Fernando Reimers, Ed.D
Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Mr. Gabriel Sánchez Zinny
Director
Blue Star Strategies

Learning Loss in Latin America and the Caribbean: Building Better Education Systems in the Wake of the Pandemic Chair Albio Sires September 15, 2022 2:00 PM Room Number: 2172 Location: Rayburn House Office Building and Virtually via Cisco WebEx Subcommittee: Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Mi...

Chairman Gregory Meeks: We must find ways to deliver relief to the Afghan people, who are suffering mounting economic & ...
09/15/2022
The United States and Partners Announce Establishment of Fund for the People of Afghanistan - United States Department of State

Chairman Gregory Meeks: We must find ways to deliver relief to the Afghan people, who are suffering mounting economic & humanitarian crises under the Taliban. I welcome the establishment of ⁦‪the U.S. Department of State’s Afghan Fund alongside the Swiss government.

The United States remains committed to supporting the people of Afghanistan amidst ongoing economic and humanitarian crises.

Yesterday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee marked up and passed H.R. 8446, the Global Food Security Reauthorization ...
09/15/2022
Global Food Security Reauthorization Legislation Passes with Bipartisan Support

Yesterday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee marked up and passed H.R. 8446, the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2022 led by Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), and cosponsored by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) and Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-TX).

Global Food Security Reauthorization Legislation Passes with Bipartisan Support September 15, 2022 Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee marked up and passed H.R. 8446, the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2022 led by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Rep. Chris...

09/15/2022

Global Food Security Reauthorization Legislation Passes with Bipartisan Support:

“I am proud that today my Committee took up and unanimously passed the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act to extend the U.S. government’s flagship initiative to combat global hunger for another five years,” said Chairman Gregory Meeks. “This comes at a critical time of profound food insecurity around the world due to compounding factors of climate change and extreme weather, conflict, COVID-19, and the consequences of Russia’s war in Ukraine. I hope to work with colleagues in the House and Senate on a bipartisan basis to swiftly enact this bill into law.”

“The Global Food Security Act improves food security, increases economic opportunity, and saves lives through strategic investments in USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative,” said Congresswoman Betty McCollum. “I was proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation to reauthorize U.S. investments to fight food insecurity and poverty around the world, especially as Russia’s war on Ukraine has exacerbated the global food crisis, and I’m glad to see it pass the House Foreign Affairs Committee today. I’ll continue to work to advance this vital legislation, and I thank Chair Meeks, Ranking Member McCaul, and Rep. Smith for their partnership and leadership.”

“Globally, 50 million people across 45 countries are on the brink of famine,” said Ranking Member Michael McCaul. “In Somalia, we are days away from an official famine declaration, and over 300,000 children are facing emergency starvation there as we speak. Yet, amidst this global crisis, we cannot lose focus on longer term investments in food security and agricultural-led economic growth. Ultimately, this bill builds the capacities of families and communities to provide for themselves. I hope the House quickly advances this legislation and I want to thank Senator Risch and Senator Casey for their leadership on this issue in the Senate. Now is not the time to risk allowing key authorities to expire.”

“Our bill promotes food security, resilience and nutrition in developing nations consistent with U.S. national security interests,” said Congressman Chris Smith. “By focusing on agriculture-led economic development, it promotes self-sufficiency and helps inoculate governments from instability attributable to food insecurity—something very much in America’s interest, as history shows that global food shortages threaten to topple governments. It also aims to better coordinate programs within the U.S. government to make them more efficient, thereby stretching the taxpayer dollar while helping give others a leg up.”

🚨STARTING NOW🚨Join the Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Socia...
09/15/2022
The Sustainable Development Goals and Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for U.S. Policy

🚨STARTING NOW🚨

Join the Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact for a conversation on the Sustainable Development Goals, the COVID-19 recovery and implications for US policy⤵️

Witnesses:

The Honorable Sarah Mendelson
Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Head
Heinz College in Washington, D.C.
Carnegie Mellon University

Ms. Madhu Deshmukh
Vice President of Program Strategy and Impact
CARE International

Mr. Daniel F. Runde
Senior Vice President and Director, Americas Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Sustainable Development Goals and Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for U.S. Policy Chair Joaquin Castro September 15, 2022 10:00 AM Room Number: 2172 Location: Rayburn House Office Building and Virtually via Cisco WebEx Subcommittee: International Development, International Orga...

🚨LIVE🚨 The Committee's markup of various measures has resumed. Tune in⤵️
09/15/2022
Markup of Various Measures Part II

🚨LIVE🚨 The Committee's markup of various measures has resumed. Tune in⤵️

Markup of Various Measures Part II Chair Gregory W. Meeks September 15, 2022 9:00 AM Room Number: 2172 Location: Rayburn House Office Building and Virtually via Cisco WebEx Measures: ANS to H.R. 8446, Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2022 (PDF) H.R. 2374, Peace and Tolerance in Palestinia...

🚨STARTING NOW🚨Tune in as the House Foreign Affairs Committee  considers a markup of various measures. ⤵️Measures for con...
09/14/2022
Markup of Various Measures

🚨STARTING NOW🚨

Tune in as the House Foreign Affairs Committee considers a markup of various measures. ⤵️

Measures for consideration include:

ANS to H.R. 8446, Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2022

H.R. 2374, Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act

H. Res. 1240, Requesting the President, and directing the Secretary of State, to transmit to the House of Representatives copies of all documents in their possession referring or relating to certain aspects of the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan.

H. Res. 1266, Requesting the President to transmit certain documents to the House of Representatives relating to any initiative or negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear program.

H. Res. 1342, Reaffirming the importance of diplomacy and development in United States–African Union relations, promoting strategic partnerships and shared objectives between the United States and the African Union, and expressing strong support for the successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

ANS to H.R. 4213, YSEALI Act

ANS to H.R. 8681, John Lewis Civil Rights Fellowship Act

H.R. 8153, Indo-Pacific Engagement Act

H.R. 8813, AFFECT Human Rights in Venezuela Act

ANS to H.R. 6846, CORRUPT Act

Markup of Various Measures Chair Gregory W. Meeks September 14, 2022 1:00 PM Room Number: 2172 Location: Rayburn House Office Building and Virtually via Cisco WebEx Measures: ANS to H.R. 8446, Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2022 (PDF) H.R. 2374, Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Educat...

Chairman Gregory Meeks Leads HFAC Members in Letter Urging Administration to Hold U.S. Aid to Egypt Pending Human Rights...
09/14/2022

Chairman Gregory Meeks Leads HFAC Members in Letter Urging Administration to Hold U.S. Aid to Egypt Pending Human Rights Compliance:

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory Meeks(D-NY) together with Representatives U.S. Representative Bill Keating...
09/14/2022
Meeks Leads HFAC Members in Letter Urging Administration to Hold U.S. Aid to Egypt Pending Human Rights Compliance

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory Meeks(D-NY) together with Representatives U.S. Representative Bill Keating (D-MA), Chair of the Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment and Cyber, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Representative Sara Jacobs (D-CA) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging the Administration to stand by important statutory human rights criteria and not release a portion of U.S. assistance if Egypt fails to fully meet requirements outlined in the annual Appropriations bill:

Meeks Leads HFAC Members in Letter Urging Administration to Hold U.S. Aid to Egypt Pending Human Rights Compliance September 14, 2022 Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) together with Representatives William R. Keating (D-MA), Chair of the Subcommittee...

09/14/2022
foreignaffairs.house.gov

Chairman Gregory Meeks Leads HFAC Members in Letter Urging Administration to Hold U.S. Aid to Egypt Pending Human Rights Compliance:

Full text of the letter can be found here and excerpts below:https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/_cache/files/0/f/0fa49058-e0df-4100-a9c2-f546789fc026/C455F2A9776A9A0A14E24FEAD4E862A7.9-13-22.-chairman-meeks-and-6-hfac-members-egypt-letter.pdf

“...we remain concerned by continued reports – both by the State Department as well as credible international and Egyptian organizations – about the ongoing, pervasive, and systemic violations of human rights in Egypt that risk destabilizing the country”

“...as the Department weighs whether to grant Egypt the $300 million in FY21 FMF or to withhold such funds from obligation, we call on you to not to certify that Egypt has taken “sustained and effective steps” to implement the criteria as required by law”

“Unfortunately, while the Egyptian government released some political prisoners and launched certain initiatives aimed at improving the human rights situation inside the country, it has failed to take “sustained and effective steps” required by statute and has still not completed all of the administration’s conditions placed on the $130 million withheld last September.”

“As the Biden administration continues to seek to prioritize human rights in our foreign policy following the Trump administration’s woeful abdication of our democratic principles, we call on you to uphold these values – and adhere to the spirit and intent of the law – in our bilateral relationship with Egypt.”

🚨STARTING NOW🚨Join Chair Congressman Ami Bera and the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferat...
09/14/2022
Strengthening U.S. Engagement in Central Asia

🚨STARTING NOW🚨

Join Chair Congressman Ami Bera and the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation for a discussion on strengthening US engagement in Central Asia⤵️

Witnesses:
The Honorable Donald Lu
Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Ms. Änjali Kaur
Deputy Assistant Administrator
Bureau of Asia
USAID - US Agency for International Development

Mr. David De Falco
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia
U.S. Department of Commerce

Strengthening U.S. Engagement in Central Asia Chair Ami Bera September 14, 2022 10:00 AM Room Number: 2172 Location: Rayburn House Office Building and Virtually via Cisco WebEx Subcommittee: Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation Witnesses: The Honorable Donald Lu Assistant Secretary....

Today, Representatives Gregory Meeks and Michael McCaul, Chair and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee...
09/13/2022
Meeks, McCaul Issue Statement on Sudan’s Draft Transitional Constitution Framework

Today, Representatives Gregory Meeks and Michael McCaul, Chair and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement:

Meeks, McCaul Issue Statement on Sudan’s Draft Transitional Constitution Framework September 13, 2022 Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Gregory W. Meeks and Michael T. McCaul, Chair and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement: “We welcome...

09/13/2022

Chairman Gregory Meeks, Ranking Member Michael McCaul Issue Statement on Sudan’s Draft Transitional Constitution Framework:

“We welcome the Sudan Bar Association’s draft transitional constitution framework, and their efforts to engage a diverse set of Sudanese pro-democracy stakeholders in putting forward this proposal. This framework could help build an inclusive new civilian governing arrangement following the October 25, 2021 military coup in Sudan. We urge all stakeholders to consider this document seriously, take steps to further develop its principles constructively, and build consensus around a path forward that includes a wide range of civil society representatives.

“We are pleased that U.S. Ambassador John Godfrey has arrived in Khartoum, signaling the deepening ties between the people of Sudan and the United States. But cooperation between our governments will only occur once a civilian-led transitional government is established. We reiterate our calls for accountability for violence and human rights abuses, and continue to stand with the Sudanese people in their pursuit of democracy, peace, and justice.”

09/12/2022

🚨THIS WEEK🚨 The House Foreign Affairs Committee convenes to discuss:

➡️Iran nuclear negotiations (closed briefing)

➡️US engagement in Central Asia

➡️Sustainable Development Goals & the COVID-19 recovery

➡️Improving education systems in Latin America & the Caribbean

➡️A markup of various measures

Find links to watch live here: https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearings

Today, Representative Gregory Meeks, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on t...
09/10/2022
Chairman Meeks Issues Statement on Introduction of the State Department Authorization Act

Today, Representative Gregory Meeks, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the introduction of his Department of State Authorization Act of 2022:

Chairman Meeks Issues Statement on Introduction of the State Department Authorization Act September 9, 2022 Washington, DC - Today, Representative Gregory W. Meeks, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the introduction of his Department of State Authoriz....

09/10/2022

Chairman Gregory Meeks Issues Statement on Introduction of the State Department Authorization Act:

“The 2022 State Department authorization bill I’ve introduced today builds upon the work of last year’s bipartisan authorization bill, the first to be signed into law in almost 20 years. That effort was critical to providing the State Department and our diplomats important tools to advance American interests around the world. This year’s authorization bill, drafted in close coordination between the majority and minority of the Committee, contains provisions from both Democrats and Republicans that advance U.S. national interests, and establish a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. It supports State Department operations and personnel by focusing on modernization and training to ensure the State Department remains the pre-eminent diplomatic institution in the world.

“Despite months of bipartisan work to reach agreement on this legislative text, my Republican colleagues have chosen to play politics with essential Committee responsibilities and U.S. national security, undermining our efforts over the last two Congresses to work across party lines to restore our Committee’s jurisdiction in authorizing the Department. Their refusal to support the introduction of this bipartisan legislation for political reasons is an abdication of their responsibility to equip the State Department personnel serving our country, and a failure to serve Americans who want Congress to do its job.

“I am proud to introduce this bill and hope to advance it on a bipartisan basis. I invite both my Democratic and Republican colleagues to review it and join me as co-sponsors, and I look forward to working with House leadership and the Senate to find a path forward for these critical provisions to be signed into law.”

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