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  • McGovern, Hultgren, Baldwin, Rubio Applaud Final Passage of their Bipartisan Bill that Holds China Accountable for Limiting Access to Tibet
    Posted in Press Releases on December 13, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, U.S. Congressmen James McGovern (D-MA) and Randy Hultgren (R-IL) along with U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded final passage in the Senate of their bipartisan bill – H.R. 1872, the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act. The bill denies Chinese government officials access to the United States if they are responsible for creating or implementing restrictions on American government officials, journalists, independent observers and tourists seeking access to Tibet. “... Read More »

  • Celebrating House Democratic Unity, Reps. McGovern, Khanna, Pocan Encourage Senate to pass Upcoming Yemen War Powers Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on November 28, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, Representatives Jim McGovern (MA-02), Ro Khanna (CA-17), and Mark Pocan (WI-02), and leaders of H. Con Res. 138, issued the below statement in light of recent GOP efforts to block the resolution’s vote in the House and the impending Senate vote this week: “The stakes in Yemen have never been higher and the time for action is long overdue. The United States is unconstitutionally participating in a Saudi-led war that could starve 14 million Yemenis to death. This week, the Senate will vote ... Read More »

  • McGovern Introduces New Bipartisan Legislation Prohibiting Military Aid and Sales to Saudi Government
    Posted in Press Releases on October 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman James P. McGovern, Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee and Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, together with a bipartisan group of 20 lawmakers, introduced new legislation to immediately stop all military sales and aid to the government of Saudi Arabia. The full text of the bill can be found here. This new bill is stronger than the one Congressman McGovern introduced last week, which would have tied arms sales to a U.S. determination of the... Read More »

  • Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance
    Posted in Press Releases on October 17, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman James P. McGovern, Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee and Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, has introduced bipartisan legislation to prohibit all military sales and aid to the government of Saudi Arabia unless the Secretary of State determines that the Saudi regime did not order or direct the disappearance, imprisonment, or death of Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi. “The evidence continues to mount that the Saudi government wa... Read More »

  • McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
    Posted in Press Releases on October 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA) Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Congress and Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, released the following statement after announcing his plan to introduce legislation prohibiting U.S. military aid and sales to the Government of Saudi Arabia until the United States Secretary of State determines that journalist Jamal Khashoggi is alive and free: “If reports of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance at the hands of the Saudi regime... Read More »

  • McGovern Applauds Committee Approval of Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2018 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC – Today, 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, applauded the House Judiciary Committee’s unanimous approval of a bipartisan bill he authored, The Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act (H.R. 1872). The Committee’s action is a key first step towards passage of the bill by Congress. The Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act promotes access for United States dipl... Read More »

  • 73 Lawmakers Urge Trump Administration to Protect Colombian Human Rights Defenders, Social Leaders Amid Dangerous Escalation of Targeted Murders
    Posted in Press Releases on May 30, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern (MA-02), Eliot Engel (NY-16), John Lewis (GA-05), Norma Torres (CA-35), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Hank Johnson (GA-04) led a letter signed by 73 Members of Congress to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him and the Trump Administration to protect Colombian human rights defenders and social leaders amid a dangerous escalation of targeted murders. This is a critical time as Colombia continues its effort to im... Read More »

  • McGovern Condemns Bahrain Denial of Entry to Human Rights Defenders
    Posted in Press Releases on April 6, 2018 | Preview rr

    WORCESTER, MA - U.S. Congressman James P. McGovern, Co-Chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives and a leading advocate for human rights, issued the following statement this week in response to the April 4th decision by the Bahraini government to deny entry to the country to Lars Aslan Rasmussen, a Danish Member of Parliament, and Brian Dooley, a member of the Board of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), claiming the two posed a "securit... Read More »

  • Bipartisan Group of 57 Lawmakers Call on Trump to Hold Sudan Accountable for Corruption, Human Rights Abuses
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Randy Hultgren (R-IL), co-chairs of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and Representatives Michael Capuano (D-MA), Tom Rooney (R-FL), and Barbara Lee (D-CA) led a bipartisan letter calling on President Trump and the State Department to develop and implement a U.S. policy that holds Sudan accountable for their corruption and human rights abuses. Click here to view the letter online. Last October, President Donald Tr... Read More »

  • McGovern: America Must Change Policy to End Syrian War
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a senior House Democrat and co-chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Congress, called for a change to United States policy on Syria, arguing that the current policy is not working to end the crisis there. Click here to view video. “I rise to condemn in the strongest possible terms the ongoing, unrelenting attacks against civilians in Syria committed by the barbaric, lawless regime of Bashir al-Assad, with the... Read More »

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