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  • McGovern Statement on Widespread Protests in Cuba
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2021 | Preview rr

    WORCESTER, MASS. —Today, Congressman James P. McGovern, Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, released the following statement in response to widespread protests in Cuba: “The Cuban government must respect the right of the Cuban people to peacefully and legitimately protest. Yet even though the U.S. has repeatedly stated that we stand with the Cuban people, we have not taken basic steps that could help empower them and relieve their sufferi... Read More »

  • McGovern Statement on Biden Administration Voting Against UN General Assembly Resolution Calling For U.S. To End Economic Embargo on Cuba
    Posted in Press Releases on June 23, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, released the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s vote against a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the U.S. to end its decades-long economic embargo on Cuba: “I am incredibly disappointed by this decision. Continuing Trump’s backwards, irrational, and cruel approach to Cuba hurts the U.S. and Cuban peop... Read More »

  • McGovern Calls on Russian Government to Release Wrongfully Imprisoned Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny
    Posted in Press Releases on March 29, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman James P. McGovern, Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives and a leading advocate of human rights around the world, issued the following statement in response to reports that the health of Alexei Navalny, wrongfully imprisoned Russian opposition leader, is deteriorating: “I am distressed by reports of Alexei Navalny’s worsening health problems and the substandard care he is receiving while incarcerated on trumped-up charges... Read More »

  • 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 »

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