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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July 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced a series of key policy and funding wins. Key among them was an amendment passed in the House of Representatives that would prohibit the Office of Refugee Resettlement and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from contracting with any for-profit contractor for the purposes of housing unaccompanied migrant children. Over the past few years, the Trump Administration has separated numerous families and is required to house children in adequate child-care facilities.

July 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed Representative Adriano Espaillat’s (NY-13) bill, the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Authorization Act. This legislation would allocate nearly $75,000,000 per year from 2021 through 2025 to improve security cooperation with Caribbean nations and combat illicit drug trafficking, support justice sector reform and strengthen the rule of law, and address instability caused by natural disasters.

June 24, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Yesterday, Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Rep. Joaquin Castro,  Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Michael R.

March 21, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement calling for all American citizens and legal permanent residents to return home from abroad as the global coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.


February 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement to commemorate the 176th anniversary of the Independence of the Dominican Republic:


Watch video of Rep. Espaillat’s remarks delivered earlier today on the U.S. House floor.


February 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in support of H.Con.Res. 83, A War Powers Resolution Limiting the President’s Military Actions Regarding Iran.

“The Administration’s recent actions have gambled with the lives of American servicemen and women and our allies.  Without a coherent strategy, such actions represent a dangerous move toward the U.S. engaging in a war that the American people do not want and Congress has not authorized,” said Rep. Espaillat.

January 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC –Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), who serves as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding an airstrike conducted by the United States that killed Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s notorious Quds Force.


December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on legislative victories secured through his efforts in the recent appropriations package that will have immediate impacts on projects throughout New York’s 13th congressional district.