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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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.

Jul 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled “Tibet & China: Searching for a New Way Forward.” Watch livestream here.

Excerpts from Congressman McGovern’s opening statement:

Jul 13, 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 death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a Tibetan human rights activist who had been imprisoned by the Chinese government for the last thirteen years.

Jul 1, 2015

ANKARA, TURKEY – Today, U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) completed a two-day visit to Turkey as part of a Congressional Delegation to the Middle East this week led by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (VA).

Jul 1, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), a senior House Democrat and leading advocate of modernizing U.S. relations with Cuba, praised the announcement by President Obama that the Administration has reached a deal with Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations and re-open embassies. The effective date for re-establishment is July 20 when the Cuban government will re-open its embassy in Washington. 

Jun 30, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) trip to the Middle East this week, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) met with two constituents. During the delegation’s time in Iraq, Congressman McGovern met with military and diplomatic leaders, including John Sullivan of Worcester and Scott Harney of Everett, both serving in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. View photo online here.