Congressman Jim McGovern

Representing the 2nd District of Massachussetts
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Congressman McGovern believes that the United States must have a robust and proactive approach to foreign policy. He believes that it is essential to reach out not only to our allies, but also to those nations with which we have strained relations. Jim knows that communication is the key to furthering global cooperation and understanding, and that to overcome global challenges and divisions, we must work together.

The Congressman strongly believes that the U.S. embargo against Cuba and the travel ban that prohibits U.S. citizens from traveling to Cuba have long outlived their usefulness, and that they should be brought to an end. Such policies serve neither the American or Cuban peoples.

Congressman McGovern supports the Middle East peace process and believes that a “two-state” solution provides the best hope for long-term peace in the region. Jim has been a long-time and steadfast supporter of Israel’s right to exist and defend itself, and he believes that both the people of Israel and of the Palestinian territories have a right to a peaceful and prosperous existence.

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May 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today a bipartisan group of 120 members of Congress is calling on President Obama to re-prioritize peace, accountability and protection of civilians in Sudan during his final year in office.

May 3, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) – co-chair of a bipartisan Congressional human rights commission – and Representatives Norma J.

Apr 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a senior House Democrat and leading voice in the push for normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations, spoke on the House floor today to honor the Finca Vigia Foundation, based in Massachusetts.

Apr 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a senior House Democrat and leading voice on human rights, released the following statement in response to the announcement that the Defense Department has disciplined 16 service members for mistakes that led to the October 2015 U.S. airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The bombing killed 42 and injured 43, including humanitarian workers and patients.

Apr 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As President Obama visits Saudi Arabia today, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA)a leading voice in Congress on human rights – joined Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA) in leading a bipartisan letter with 17 House lawmakers calling for President Obama to meet with representatives of civil society and human rights advocates, including those who may be currently in prison or their families.

Apr 19, 2016


Mar 11, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) announced that he will join President Obama on his upcoming trip to Cuba on March 21-22. President Obama’s trip to Cuba will be the first for a sitting president in 88 years. Joining President Obama and Congressman McGovern on the Cuba Trip will be First Lady Michelle Obama, senior White House officials, and other members of Congress.

Feb 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to today’s White House announcement that President Obama will travel to Cuba next month, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a leading champion for modernizing U.S.-Cuba relations, released the following statement.

Feb 10, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern, Barbara Lee, Walter Jones, Adam Schiff, Peter Welch and 20 other Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to Speaker Paul Ryan calling for a debate and vote on the year-plus, multi-billion dollar war raging in the Middle East.

Feb 2, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of this week’s White House meeting between President Obama and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, a bipartisan group of 57 House lawmakers called on President Obama today to support the Colombian peace process.