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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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.

April 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) hosted a Member roundtable to discuss the impact of Section 232 tariffs on the Dominican Republic and continued efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico.

April 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) presented the following statement during today’s House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing to address the U.S. policy toward a turbulent Middle East.

Watch video of today’s hearing:

Below are remarks by Rep. Espaillat as prepared for delivery during today’s hearing:

 

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April 14, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement on last night’s airstrikes against Syria following reported chemical attack.

April 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in reflection on the significance of Yom Hashoah:

“Today on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we take this opportunity to pause and reflect on the systematic genocide of six million Jewish fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters and the impact felt around the world,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).