Blog Posts in Congress

  • August 18, 2021
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    Tracking the Congressional Response to Afghanistan

    Sophia Ramcharitar in Congress | August 18, 2021

    As the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan continues, USGLC has called for swift action to secure the safety of the thousands of Afghans and their families who have supported our nation’s military and civilian agencies.

  • July 1, 2021
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    COVID-19 in Africa: New Variants Drive Third Wave, Renewing Calls for U.S. Response

    Alexis-Clair Roehrich, Jessica Ritchie in Congress, Global Development | July 1, 2021

    As the United States and other countries are increasingly vaccinated and reopening their economies, 20 countries across Africa are facing a third wave that could be the “worst yet.” The IMF reports that COVID-19 infections in sub-Saharan Africa are the fastest growing in the world—driven in part by the highly contagious delta variant—and hospitals are already at capacity in Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda, highlighting the urgent need for a global response to prevent new variants of the coronavirus from spreading.

  • June 30, 2021
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    Bridging the Global Infrastructure Gap

    Zach Cohen in Congress, Global Development | June 30, 2021

    As Congress negotiates a bipartisan domestic infrastructure package, the Administration set its sights on the global infrastructure challenge at the G-7 meetings in June. Infrastructure—from roads to schools—forms the connective building blocks of a sustainable economy, and infrastructure needs are especially high in low and lower-middle income countries. However, total infrastructure needs in the developing world will exceed $40 trillion by 2035, exacerbated by challenges from COVID-19 to climate change, and there remains a significant gap in financing to meet these needs.

  • May 24, 2021
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    On Africa Day, Celebrating U.S.-Africa Partnership and Cooperation

    Zach Cohen, Joan Steiger in Congress, Economic Prosperity, Global Development | May 24, 2021

    Africa Day 2021 marks the 58th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity—now the African Union—and is a celebration of the diversity and independence of Africa’s 54 countries.  The U.S. has a long and robust bipartisan history of support for building partnerships across the continent, especially when it comes to strengthening public health, developing local infrastructure, supporting political stability, and advancing trade. In celebration of Africa Day 2021, here are five areas where the United States’ partnership with the African continent has led to tremendous progress in recent years.

  • February 16, 2021
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    FACT SHEET: America & Democracy – What’s at Stake at Home and Abroad?

    in Congress, Diplomacy | February 16, 2021

    The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) convened a bipartisan virtual town hall with Congressman David Price (D-NC) and former Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), alongside USAID Acting Administrator Gloria Steele. They discussed the bipartisan agenda to strengthen democratic institutions around the world, and how that impacts our democracy here at home.

  • January 26, 2021
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    What the Confirmation Process Says about Development, Diplomacy and U.S. Global Leadership

    Joan Steiger in Congress, Diplomacy, Global Development | January 26, 2021

    Throughout Tony Blinken’s confirmation process in the Senate, and that of other Biden cabinet picks, the importance of U.S. development, diplomacy and global leadership has been a key theme of appointees and Senators alike.

  • November 10, 2020
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    Election Outlook: Veteran Voices Remain Strong in the 117th Congress

    Danny Restivo in Congress, National Security | November 10, 2020

    This Veterans Day, we salute all lawmakers who have served in our nation’s military and continue to serve as members of Congress. We’re also shining a spotlight on several incoming veteran-turned lawmakers and their foreign policy views.

  • August 13, 2020
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    6 Foreign Policy Takeaways from the 2020 Democratic Party Platform

    John Glenn in Congress, Diplomacy, Global Development | August 13, 2020

    As the election approaches, foreign policy observers are starting to examine the state of the world the President will face in January 2021 and ask what the next Administration would or should do. The draft Democratic platform offers a glimpse into how foreign policy might figure into a Biden Administration’s vision to “build back better.”

  • March 9, 2020
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    Venezuela’s Escalating Humanitarian Crisis

    Zach Cohen in Congress, Global Development | March 9, 2020

    Colombia’s President Ivan Duque met with President Trump at the White House last week, and at the top of their agenda was Venezuela. Colombia has played a critical role in managing the regional migration crisis, taking in more than 1.7 million Venezuelan refugees—more than a third of the 4.5 million who have fled the country in recent years following political upheaval and economic collapse.

  • July 24, 2019
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    A Virus Amid Violence: U.S. Efforts to Stop Ebola in a Conflict Zone

    Zach Cohen in Congress, Global Development | July 24, 2019

    Despite a new vaccine, the Ebola outbreak in the DRC has escalated into the second most deadly Ebola outbreak in history and crossed the border into neighboring Uganda, in part because conflict and violence are preventing an effective response. On July 17th, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).