Resources - Policy Statements

U.S. Congress

Below are key statements from members of theU.S.  House of Representatives and Senate related to the United States' security relationship with the world.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
"As others during that eloquent colloquy organized by the Presiding Officer observed, much of that drug trade has moved from Colombia to Central America. It is fueled by demand, the same demand that fuels the Colombian gang warfare, from the United States. The demand comes from this country, the demand for those illicit drugs".English
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Central America Regional
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine Central America in crisis and the exodus of unaccompanied minors, after receiving testimony from Thomas A. Shannon, Counselor of the Department of State; Bruce Swartz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and Counselor for International Affairs, Criminal Division, Department of Justice; and Sonia Nazario, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Cynthia J. Arnson, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Stephen Johnson, International Republican InstituteEnglish
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Central America Regional
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
"The problem simply is that we are not devoting the time and the resources--the money--to the interdiction of the big drug shipments coming out of South America into Central America. The administration has to address this issue with regard to going back to what we did so successfully in Plan Colombia".English
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Central America Regional
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
"More support for security in Central America is critical. We need to interdict more drugs. General Kelly, the head of SOUTHCOM, says we let 75 percent of the drugs that come into the United States go by us. We know where they are, but we haven't put the military resources in place to interdict them".English
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Central America Regional
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Senator Leahy commends Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on peace process. He notes "the slow pace of Colombia's justice system in holding accountable members of security forces and paramilitaries who have been implicated in massacres of civilians and other human rights crimes" and asserts that U.S. support for Colombia remains strong.English
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Colombia
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
"Senator McCain and I will offer a bill that will hinge U.S. foreign aid to Central American countries on their response to this situation, providing for refugee processing in those countries". Rep. Flake also holds that incentives for children to embark on the dangerous trip north still exist, given that the adminsitration is letting them stay with family members.English
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Central America Regional
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
"We also need to use our leverage with these foreign countries to gain their cooperation if they refuse to cooperate with us--whether it is withholding foreign aid, whether it is any number of punitive measures."English
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Central America Regional
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Friday, July 11, 2014
Representative Gohmert on humanitarian crisis at the border and U.S. aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.English
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Central America Regional
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Friday, July 11, 2014
“Russia’s continued intervention in Ukraine and Cuba’s unending attempts to undermine political order in Venezuela should be a serious concern for the entire international community".English
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Cuba
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Committee passed H.R. 4640, Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission Act of 2014, introduced by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member, which would establish the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission.English
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Western Hemisphere Regional
Thursday, June 26, 2014
"In the wake of Vice President Biden’s recent trip to Latin America and the Caribbean, I congratulate the Obama Administration for its increased efforts to address the many challenges facing countries in the region".English
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Central America Regional
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Thursday, June 26, 2014
So the question keeps arising: Well, then if the murder rate is deplorable or horrible as the situation is, if the violence has not dramatically increased, then why has there been such a dramatic increase in the number of people coming across our border illegally?English
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Central America Regional
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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Senator Cornyn on immigrationEnglish
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Central America Regional
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Thursday, June 26, 2014
"Mr. President, we say that America is a nation of immigrants, and, of course, that is true. There is no other country in the world for which immigration is so central to its history and its identity. Let's take a moment to reflect on what that really means."English
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Western Hemisphere Regional
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Thursday, June 26, 2014
"...the Venezuelan sanctions bill is ready for action here on the floor of the Senate."English
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Venezuela
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Congressman King on foreign affairs, immigration and influx of children crossing the US southern border. English
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Central America Regional
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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of James D. Nealon, of New Hampshire, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Honduras.English
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Honduras
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Representative Gohmert adresses the influx of central american child immigrants crossing the mexican border. "It seems it would be cheaper to just refuel [the planes'] fuel tanks and send them back where they came from, sending a message with it: we are not letting people come in illegally".English
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Honduras
El Salvador
Mexico
Guatemala
Nicaragua
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Senators Cornyn, Boxer and McCain comment on the humanitarian crisis of Central American children crossing the US border. "If we want to correct our immigration system, we have to sit down and do the hard work, as we did in the Senate. There is no question that we are facing a crisis with children from Central America running away from gangs, violence, rape, and deprivation".English
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Central America Regional
Honduras
Nicaragua
El Salvador
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Friday, June 6, 2014
Nominations for new ambassadors to Guatemala and Paraguay.English
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Paraguay
Guatemala
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