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.

For more information concerning my work and views on Foreign Affairs issues, please contact me.

More on Foreign Policy

Mar 14, 2014
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, joined by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, today sent a letter to President Obama asking for the Administration to add names of Russian officials responsible for human rights abuses to the Magnitsky list.
Mar 14, 2014
It is very encouraging to see the strong participation by the Salvadoran people in last Sunday's presidential elections.
Dec 23, 2013

STATEMENT BY U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JIM MCGOVERN ON TODAY’S STATE DEPARTMENT REPORT ON THE MAGNITSKY LAW

McGovern Was Original House Sponsor of the Legislation

Dec 12, 2013
It’s time for us in Congress to do our job. It’s time we stopped asking our troops and their families to sacrifice their lives in a war that has outlived its purpose. It’s time to bring our troops home. It’s time to get out of Afghanistan.
Oct 29, 2013
Weak enforcement of existing labor laws and continued violence against labor leaders in Colombia more than a year after the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan should offer important lessons of what not to do in future trade agreements, concluded a report issued today by Reps. George Miller (D-Calif.) and James McGovern (D-Mass.).
Aug 26, 2013
"If those reports are confirmed, the international community must be united in its response to these grave human rights violations."
Aug 7, 2013
Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), joined by 73 members of Congress, sent a letter to President Obama urging him to remain committed to defeating Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Jul 17, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) in sending a letter to President Obama calling on the Pentagon to stop using cluster munitions with high failure rates.
Jul 16, 2013
July 16, 2013 Dear President Obama, We write to request that your Administration undertake a review of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) policy on cluster munitions.
May 31, 2013
"I am deeply disappointed that the State Department has failed to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.