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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April 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in support of President Joe Biden’s first address to Congress.

Watch Rep. Espaillat's pre-joint address remarks.

January 27, 2021 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY –El congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) ha sido designado para formar parte de tres paneles clave en el Comité de Apropiaciones de la Cámara de Representantes que supervisan los fondos para los programas federales de vivienda, transporte y ayuda exterior, así como las operaciones de la rama legislativa.

January 27, 2021 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) has been appointed to serve on three key panels on House Appropriations Committee that oversee funding for federal housing, transportation and foreign aid programs, as well as operations of the legislative branch. A former member of the House Foreign Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure committees, Espaillat will continue to play a key role in our nations diplomatic efforts as well as in a forthcoming infrastructure investment package.

December 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Hoy, el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) anunció una serie de victorias en políticas clave y financiamientos importantes en la legislación que establece el gasto federal.

El proyecto de ley, que se convertirá en ley como parte de un paquete de financiamiento del gobierno de fin de año, incluye miles de millones de dólares para programas y prioridades que Espaillat ha avanzado en los últimos años.

December 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced a series of key policy and funding wins in legislation setting federal spending.

The bill, which is slated to become law as part of a year-end government funding package, includes billions of dollars for programs and priorities Espaillat has advanced over the past few years.

November 18, 2020 Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on passage of his bill, the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Authorization Act, which 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.

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.