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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, Members of Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Statement on Biden Administration Decision to Terminate Immigration-Detention Agreements with Bristol County Sheriff’s Office
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman James P. McGovern (MA-02), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, along with United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Representatives Richard E. Neal (MA-01), William Keating (MA-09), Katherine Clark (MA-05), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Seth Moulton (MA-06), Lori Trahan (MA-03) and Jake Auchincloss (MA-04) released this joint statement on the decision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to terminate its Intergovernmental Service... Read More »

  • McGovern: Olympics Should Be Postponed and Moved to Another Location Due to Genocide and other Human Rights Abuses Committed by Chinese Government
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, co-hosted a joint hearing to examine the implications of holding the XXIV Winter Olympiad in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in light of the country’s egregious human rights record. During the hearing, McGovern called for the Olympics to be postponed and moved to another location due to genocide and other grave human rights a... Read More »

  • Reps. McGovern, Pocan, Schakowsky, Grijalva Lead 55 Members of Congress Urging State Department to Clearly and Unambiguously Denounce Police Brutality in Colombia
    Posted in Press Releases on May 14, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives James P. McGovern (MA-02), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Mark Pocan (WI-02), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03) led 55 of their colleagues in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressing grave concern over the political and human rights situation in Colombia and urging the U.S. Government to clearly and unambiguously denounce police brutality in Colombia. The lawmakers also call for a suspensio... Read More »

  • McGovern, Bush, Tlaib Lead Call for DOJ To Review Case of Environmental Justice Advocate Steven Donziger
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (MA-02), alongside Representatives Cori Bush (MO-01), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D. (NY-16), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland calling for an immediate and thorough review into the ongoing legal case involving human rights lawyer Steven Donziger, an environmental justice advocate who has been under house arrest in New York City for over 600 days... 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 »

  • Chairman McGovern Opens Debate on the American Rescue Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on February 26, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (D-MA) today opened debate on the rule for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This urgently needed 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. Consideration of this bill on the House Floor today comes after committees spent more than 100 hours debating more than 400 amendments. Chairman McGovern’s r... Read More »

  • McGovern, Smith, Colleagues Re-Introduce the Bipartisan Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act
    Posted in Press Releases on February 18, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan bill that would prohibit the importation of goods made with forced labor in China was introduced today by Representative James P. McGovern (D-MA), Chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, along with Chris Smith (R-NJ), Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA). The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act would create a “... 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 »

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