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  • Chairman McGovern Opens Debate to Send Historic Rescue Plan to President Biden
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (D-MA) today opened debate on the rule for the Senate-passed American Rescue Plan Act to get this historic bill to President Biden’s desk for his signature. This legislation will help crush the coronavirus, return children safely to the classroom, get vaccines to the people, put dollars into families’ pockets, and put people back to work. Chairman McGovern’s remarks are below: “M. Speaker, a once-in-a century pandemic brought us... Read More »

  • McGovern, Congressional Leaders Applaud Biden Administration’s Commitment to Ending Endless Wars, Call for Congressional Action
    Posted in Press Releases on March 5, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. — Today, Representatives James P. McGovern, Chair of the House Rules Committee, Barbara Lee (D-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Gregory Meeks (D-NY) and Anthony Brown (D-MD) applauded the Biden Administration’s recent support for reining in executive war power. The lawmakers, who urged Biden on his first full day in office to take action on repealing the AUMF, released the following joint statement: “We welcome the president’s renewed commitment to ending endless wa... Read More »

  • McGovern Condemns the Coup d’état in Burma and Calls for Top-to-Bottom Review of U.S. Policy
    Posted in Press Releases on February 2, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman James P. McGovern, Chairman of the House Rules Committee and a leading congressional advocate for human rights, issued the following statement on the military coup d’état in Burma (Myanmar) and the related detention of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyii, President U Win Myint and an unknown number of other civilians: “I am appalled but not surprised by the Burmese Armed Forces’ (Tatmadaw) brazen attack on democracy in Burma. The military’s illegitimate seizure of al... Read More »

  • McGovern Calls on Biden to Restore and Repair U.S. – Cuban Relations
    Posted in Press Releases on January 19, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee and a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee, has sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden asking him to restore and repair relations between the United States and Cuba. Full Text of Letter Here (PDF) McGovern has been a longtime advocate of normalizing relations with Cuba. He Traveled to Cuba with President Obama in March 2016 and with Secretary Kerry in August 2015. He has introduced legi... Read More »

  • McGovern Statement on Trump Administration Naming Cuba a State Sponsor of Terrorism
    Posted in Press Releases on January 11, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman James P. McGovern, Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued this statement following the Trump administration’s decision to name Cuba a state sponsor of terror: “In yet another stupid and self-defeating move, Donald Trump has, without basis, designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. Coming less than a week after a failed coup attempt at the hands of his own domestic terrorists, Donald Trump’s... Read More »

  • Trump Should Not Be Able To Use Nuclear Weapons Due To Unfitness, Say McGovern and Markey
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2021 | Preview rr

    Request Acting Sec. of Defense and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff refrain from acknowledging any Trump orders to use nuclear weapons or unlawfully take military action Read More »

  • McGovern Welcomes Inclusion of Unlawful Surveillance in Colombia Study in 2021 NDAA
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued this statement about the 2021 NDAA conference report requiring a report to Congress on allegations that DOD-provided assistance was used by the Colombian armed forces to conduct unlawful intelligence gathering: "I am pleased that the 2021 NDAA conference report requires the Department of Defense to submit a report to Congress on allegations that DOD-provided assistance was used by the Colombian arm... Read More »

  • McGovern, Engel Condemn Trump Administration Restrictions on Remittances to Cuban Families
    Posted in Press Releases on November 19, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman James P. McGovern, Chairman of the House Rules Committee, and Congressman Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement: “We condemn the recently announced steps by the Treasury Department that will result in an effective halt to remittances to Cuba. The Treasury Department’s decision to prohibit U.S. remittance senders from using the most widely used financial intermediary in Cuba will disrupt remittance flows to ... Read More »

  • Rep. McGovern Slams Trump Administration for Misguided Decision to Impose Sanctions on International Criminal Court Officials
    Posted in Press Releases on September 2, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and a leading congressional advocate for human rights, issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s decision to impose sanctions on two leading officials of the International Criminal Court: “Today the Trump Administration has once again undermined American leadership on human rights and isolated our country on the world stage. The decision to sanction the chief prose... Read More »

  • McGovern Rebuts Report of Trump Administration's So-Called "Commission on Unalienable Rights"
    Posted in Press Releases on August 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and a leading congressional advocate for human rights at home and abroad, released his rebuttal to the draft report of the Trump administration’s Commission on Unalienable Rights. The congressman’s submission was joined by Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), a member of the House Judiciary Committee. “The Commission’s draft report is radically incomplete and thoroughly inadequate as a guide to... Read More »

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