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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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.

Feb 1, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. Department of State announced that five people have been added to the list of those sanctioned under the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. Four of the individuals in question are linked to the Magnitsky case, while the fifth was sanctioned for the torture and death of a Chechen human rights activist.

Jan 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the House floor today, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) led debate for House Democrats on the consideration of H.R. 3662, The Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act; H.R. 1644, the STREAM Act; and S.J. Res. 22. Congressman McGovern called out House Republicans for pushing politically motivated legislation aimed at undermining the Iran Deal, and two bills aimed at limiting critical environmental protections.

On H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act

Dec 16, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With this week marking one year since President Obama announced a new U.S. policy toward Cuba, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) joined Republicans and Democrats today in a letter to Speaker Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to announce a new bipartisan coalition to build on that historic progress and advance U.S.-Cuba relations.

Dec 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a senior House Democrat and leading voice in Congress for human rights, joined Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and three other House lawmakers in introducing a bipartisan resolution in support of the peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).