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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Thursday, May 22, 2014
“While I recognize the importance of the improvements that we have made jointly in the judicial sector, I believe it’s only prudent for the U.S. to continue to seek and push extradition of high value criminals who could provide us insight into the drug trade in our region."English
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Mexico
Cuba
Venezuela
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Representative Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today called on the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a new assessment on the effectiveness of efforts by the U.S. government to curb the trafficking of firearms to Mexico. English
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Mexico
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Friday, May 16, 2014
Chairman Coons, Ranking Member Flake, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to update you about U.S. efforts to address the chilling threat that Boko Haram represents to Nigeria, one of our most important partners in sub-Saharan Africa. English
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Nigeria
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
“I fully support President Obama's decision today to freeze assets and ban travel for Central African Republic's (CAR) former presidents Francois Bozize and Michel Djotodia, Seleka General and former Minister of Public Security Noureddine Adam, leader of an ex-Seleka rebel group Abdoulaye Miskine, and anti-Balaka political coordinator Levi Yakite.English
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Central African Republic
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Monday, May 12, 2014
"I welcome the announcement that South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar have signed an agreement to resolve the crisis (...) in South Sudan". English
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South Sudan
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Monday, May 12, 2014
The Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission Act of 2014 would create an independent commission to evaluate American drug policies and programs.English
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South America Regional
Central America Regional
Caribbean Regional
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Sending U.S. experts to Nigeria to help locate the kidnapped schoolgirls is just the first step. I would support whatever actions are necessary to locate, capture and eliminate the terrorists responsible for this reprehensible act. I support sharing with Nigeria and others whatever intelligence is necessary to help bring these kidnappers to justice. English
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Nigeria
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
In light of the continued inability to find and liberate the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped two weeks ago by the notorious terrorist group known as Boko Haram, Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), called on both the Government of Nigeria and the U.S. Government to immediately collaborate in addressing this latest terrorist crisis.English
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Nigeria
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Monday, May 5, 2014
U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, issued the following statement Monday following remarks given by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on the status of 234 female students abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria on April 14. The group’s leader has announced that the girls are now being sold into marriages.English
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Nigeria
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Friday, May 2, 2014
Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement following the kidnapping on April 15 of more than 200 female students by Boko Haram from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria.English
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Nigeria
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Thursday, May 1, 2014
As Many As 234 Female Students from Nigerian Boarding School Were Kidnapped by Terrorist Group Boko Haram; Reports of Girls Being Sold As BridesEnglish
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Nigeria
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Thursday, May 1, 2014
In their letter, the senators write: “At this juncture, continued U.S. leadership is essential as the violence intensifies, with alarming reports of the targeting of civilians along ethnic and national lines and attacks on UN peacekeepers. English
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South Sudan
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Thursday, May 1, 2014
The worsening humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) was the subject of a hearing held Thursday by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the House congressional panel that oversees Africa and global human rights.English
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Central African Republic
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Monday, April 28, 2014
Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement after the killing 22 people in the town of Nanga in the Central African Republic.English
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Central African Republic
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Enforcing this ban would serve the dual purpose of improving public safety in the U.S. and reducing drug-related violence in Mexico.English
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Mexico
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
With the volatility and strategic importance of this region, the U.S. must continue to work with its allies such as Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Georgia to ensure their sovereignty is protected, especially in light of Russia's actions in the Crimean Peninsula.English
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Georgia
Azerbaijan
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
After Security Council vote, Senator Coons urges Congress to pay its peacekeeping bills.English
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Central African Republic
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
The United States must provide increased assistance to Armenia, work to promote trade with Armenia, and work to reestablish the Turkish Government's commitment to normalized relations. English
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Armenia
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Now is the time for the United States to show our solidarity with former Soviet states such as Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, while encouraging these nations to continue to institute democratic reforms and modernize their economies.English
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Ukraine
Azerbaijan
Georgia
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced a resolution on Monday night marking 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda, which claimed 800,000 lives in 100 days starting on April 7, 1994. The resolution honors the memory of those lost and expresses support for the people of Rwanda on this day of reflection. English
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Rwanda
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Sudan
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