Blog Posts in Congress

  • June 24, 2019
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    Celebrating Pride: Creating a “Culture of Inclusiveness Around the World”

    Alex Grant in Congress | June 24, 2019

    Around the world, Pride celebrations are recognizing the enormous strides for human rights of LGBTQ individuals. However, despite improvements in a number of countries, many LGBTQ individuals face significant hurdles to living openly and without fear. I spoke with former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) about the transformation she’s seen in the United States, and the impact our domestic shift has had on the global movement for equality.

  • June 20, 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 | June 20, 2019

    The outbreak in the DRC has escalated into the second most deadly Ebola outbreak in history despite a new vaccine because conflict and violence are preventing an effective response.  And last week, several Ebola cases and deaths were confirmed in Uganda – the first sign that the virus could spread and become a global health emergency.

  • June 5, 2019
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    Three Senators. Three States. Three Days.

    Emily Jennings French in Congress | June 5, 2019

    The Memorial Day congressional recess was upon us— a time to reflect and remember the men and women who have served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice to keep America safe – and we thought, what better time to travel the country to talk about how and why what happens overseas affects us here at home. So, we packed our bags and took to the skies, landing first in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • February 21, 2019
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    Combatant Commanders to Congress: Development, Diplomacy Are Critical to National Security

    Sean Sorbie in Congress, National Security | February 21, 2019

    In recent weeks, our nation’s top national security experts – the military leaders of America’s combatant commands – briefed Congress on the national security threats facing the United States. While the challenges of great power competition from China and Russia were central to their testimonies, they also highlighted threats that require investing in development and diplomacy to keep America safe by addressing the drivers of extremism and instability, building allies and partner capacity, and promoting American values and diplomatic solutions to conflict.

  • January 15, 2019
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    Women’s Economic Empowerment Act “moves us in the right direction”

    Maddie Howard in Congress | January 15, 2019

    1992 was the “Year of the Woman.” America saw a record number of women elected to 106th U.S. Congress. One of those new members was Marjorie Margolies, the first woman elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania in her own right. I spoke with Congresswoman Margolies— who founded nonprofit Women’s Campaign International after serving in Washington— about the implications of this new era in women’s empowerment, not only for the United States, but for communities around the world.

  • January 11, 2019
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    Frederick Douglass: Fighting Slavery in the Modern Day

    Cody Corrington in Congress | January 11, 2019

    There’s new hope this week for the tens of millions of trafficked and enslaved persons around the world as new bipartisan legislation has been signed into law in an effort to fight sex and labor trafficking both here at home and abroad. The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act, championed by Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Karen Bass (D-CA) and signed by President Trump on Tuesday, is designed to further the U.S. fight against modern slavery.

  • January 10, 2019
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    Not Your Grandfather’s Foreign Policy: New Opinions from the Next Gen

    Matthew Wright in Congress, Global Development | January 10, 2019

    The newly-minted 116th Congress boasts the youngest freshman class in history. And as a record number of millennial lawmakers have taken their seats in Washington for the first time this month, a question arises: where will this new generation of lawmakers choose to focus their attention? These members of Congress may have just begun calling their votes, but new information suggests that how they prioritize American leadership on the world stage could be quite different from some of their elder peers. A recent study sheds light on the foreign policy interests of younger Americans.

  • January 8, 2019
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    Q&A with former Ambassador Karl Hofmann: “Shutdowns have all the impact overseas you would expect: confusion, demotivation, and waste”

    Jennie Bragg in Congress | January 8, 2019

    As the partial government shutdown extends into its third week, federal agencies – including the State Department and USAID – are feeling the very real effects of the furloughs. And with the consequences of a prolonged shutdown still unclear, Ambassador Karl Hofmann, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Togo and a career diplomat, explains how the ongoing shutdown is impacting America’s diplomatic and development capabilities right now.

  • December 21, 2018
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    UPDATE: What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Shutdown – International Affairs Edition

    Jennie Bragg in Congress | December 21, 2018

    With time running out for Congress to meet a midnight funding deadline, the possibility of a partial government shutdown looms large. And though many in Washington are holding out hope for a last-minute deal to keep much of the government – including the State Department and USAID – open, it’s worth taking a look at how a shutdown would impact America’s diplomatic and development programs overseas.

  • September 7, 2018
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    87 Elephants Dead in Botswana, Wildlife Traffickers Still at Large

    Cody Corrington in Congress, National Security | September 7, 2018

    According to Elephants Without Borders, an organization that conducts an elephant census for the Botswana government every four years, there has been a major increase in poaching in the region from previous years. In their 2014 census, the organization reported nine poached elephants. This year, while only halfway through the census, 87 dead have already been found.