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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Aug 14, 2015

HAVANA, CUBA – Today Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) released the following statement after joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other members of Congress for the official re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba.

Aug 13, 2015

WORCESTER, MA – Today Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) announced that tomorrow, August 14, he will join U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other members of Congress for the official re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba. This follows the re-opening of the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C. in July and President Obama’s December 2014 announcement of the normalizing of U.S.-Cuba relations.

Aug 7, 2015

WORCESTER, MA – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a senior House Democrat and co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to announce a bipartisan push to block the sale or transfer of certain arms to Bahrain until the State Department certifies that Bahrain has fully implemented all of the recommendations by an independent oversight commission to strengthen human rights in the country.

Aug 5, 2015

WORCESTER, MA – Today Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), a senior House Democrat, issued the following statement in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear program.

Aug 4, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), a senior House Democrat and co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, led 65 Democrats in a letter to the U.S. State Department to support the ongoing peace process in Colombia and to urge all parties at the negotiating table in Havana, Cuba to put victims’ rights and needs at the center of talks.

Jul 31, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a senior House Democrat and leading champion of normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba, released the following statement on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s call today for Congress to end the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba:

Jul 30, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. –There is a bipartisan, bicameral effort underway in Congress to encourage the United States and the international community to keep the pressure on wanted war criminal Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) who have been terrorizing Central Africa for over two decades.

Jul 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Joe Pitts (R-PA) – Co-Chairmen of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission – released the following joint bipartisan statement regarding the State Department’s upgrading of Malaysia to a Tier 2 Watch country in its latest Trafficking in Persons report.

The move comes as the Obama administration pushes to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between the U.S. and 11 countries, including Malaysia.

Jul 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), a senior House Democrat and Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, released the following statement on the death of Tibetan activist Tenzin Delek Rinpoche:

Jul 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), a senior House Democrat and co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, released the following statement on the Obama Administration's announcement that it has reached an agreement with Iran.