Background on the candidate’s statements, positions, and record on diplomacy, global development, and America’s role the world

On U.S. global leadership:

  • As a businessman and three-term Member of Congress, Representative John Delaney has spoken of his commitment to American global leadership, saying “I am a believer in the post-World War II model of U.S. foreign engagement, which to me is the U.S. engaging diplomatically, economically, and from time to time militarily to build a world order for peace and security.”

On diplomacy and global development:

  • Congressman Delaney has spoken out on how “being interconnected globally, and open societies, are incredibly positive” noting that “I look at the fact that…when I was born, 75% of the world lived in poverty and 25% of it was interconnected globally. Today, it’s the inverse—75% of the world is interconnected and the global poverty rate is down to 25%.”
  • As a member of Congress, he was supportive of the International Affairs Budget and voted for the Global Food Security Act, the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization, and Electrify Africa.
  • Delaney has praised the America’s consistent “steady and substantial support” for multilateralism as one of our top foreign policy achievements saying, “The United Nations… NATO, the IMF, the World Bank, The Asia Development Bank… and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development… have all collectively… made enormous and crucial contributions to world peace, economic development and poverty alleviation since World War II.”
  • Addressing Africa’s growing population and China’s heavy investment through the Belt and Road Initiative, Congressman Delaney has called on the U.S. become a key partner by “expanding trade agreements… and increasing U.S. foreign direct investment to promote manufacturing, infrastructure.”

On global health:

  • Marking the 15th anniversary of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2018, Representative Delaney joined with congressional colleagues in co-signing a letter calling for continued resources and support, and stating that “U.S. leadership, through PEPFAR, bilateral partnerships, and with multilateral investments in the Global Fund, has been transformative in fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
  • During the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, he stated “it is critical that the United States make every effort to get ahead of this crisis, not play catch up… because thousands, perhaps millions of lives could be at stake.”

On global economic engagement:

  • Representative Delaney has spoken out on global economic engagement saying, “Every meeting I have with a world leader will be staffed by my chief diplomat and my chief economic advisor, as I see diplomacy and the economy as inextricably linked.”
  • As part of his “Heartland Fair Deal,” he said “U.S. agriculture feeds our country and much of the world” and we need to identify and grow new markets overseas for American agricultural exports.

On aid to the Northern Triangle:

  • Representative Delaney has advocated for development and diplomacy, calling for “a foreign aid program and diplomatic efforts to actually build up some of these economies because the answer to our immigration at the southern border is actually to do things with our regional partners to fix Central America.”
  • He has been critical of cuts to foreign assistance to the Northern Triangle, saying, “Withdrawing foreign aid will make conditions in Central America worse, ultimately destabilizing the region and multiplying the number of people fleeing those countries – creating larger caravans in the future.”

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