Foreign Affairs

As the first Dominican American to serve in Congress, Congressmember Adriano Espaillat is honored to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee.

Since the initial wave of Dominican migration in the 1960s to the most recent arrivals of today, Dominicans and Dominican-Americans have worked hard to contribute to the national identity of the United States, educating people on their customs and enriching the quality of our shared futures. Contributions from Dominican-Americans can be found in every facet of United States life, including Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, Baseball Giant “Big Papi,” Novelist Julia Alvarez, and Actress Zoe Saldana. That is why Congressmember Adriano Espaillat introduced a resolution supporting the establishment of a national month of recognition for Dominican-Americans to honor Dominican people and their contributions. He also introduced a resolution supporting the establishment of a national day of recognition for Juan Pablo Duarte to honor the founding father or the Dominican Republic.

In Congress, Congressmember Adriano Espaillat has been pushing for:

  • Emergency Preparedness in the Caribbean
  • U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America
  • Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI)
  • Investing in Energy Potential in the Caribbean
  • Funding for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Congressmember Adriano Espaillat is also concerned with funding the State Department, and believes in the importance of diplomacy. He is also concerned with national security. That is why he introduced the Make Our Government Safe Act, which would amend the National Security Act of 1947 to prevent anyone from serving on the National Security Council who has made the statements that Steve Bannon did about taking down the system. His bill would prevent someone who has threatened to destroy the government from participating in or attending National Security Council meetings.

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December 4, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y.Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) is pleased to announce a joint collaboration with the State University of New York (SUNY), the City University of New York (CUNY), the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic (MINERD), the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Dominican Republic (MESCYT) and the New York State Education Department, which will be finalized during a signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at 4:00 p.m.

November 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will host a post office renaming ceremony in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen on Monday, November 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the United States Post Office (USPS) facility located at 99 Macombs Place in New York, which will be renamed as the “Tuskegee Airmen Post Office Building” following passage of Rep. Espaillat’s bill, H.R. 4406, which was signed into law earlier this year.

October 24, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in response to numerous explosive devices located throughout New York City. 

September 11, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in recognition of the 17th year anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

July 27, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and members of the Congressional delegation to Puerto Rico will hold a press conference to discuss their conversations with local leaders on outstanding hurricane recovery and disaster preparedness needs on Friday, July 27, at 2:45 p.m. A.S.T. at Colegio Roque Díaz Tizol in Yabucoa.



Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR)

June 28, 2018 Press Release

Bicameral Letter Demands Immediate Extension of June 30th Deadline for the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program and Activation of the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP)

June 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), a member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response to sanctions imposed against individuals engaged in corrupt acts and human rights violations in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cambodia.

June 11, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, NYCongressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee issued the following statement in recognition of the Dominican Republic upon selection to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. This is the first time in its history that the Dominican Republic has held this position, which it will occupy from 2019-2020.