As the world’s most powerful country, the United States has a responsibility to aggressively pursue initiatives that alleviate poverty, promote democracy and human rights, improve lives, and stabilize communities in the developing world. Accounting for only one percent of the overall federal budget, America’s modest commitment to foreign assistance and diplomacy supports proven strategies like long-term development, post-conflict reconstruction, and humanitarian assistance.
In Congress, I have worked to advance a robust American leadership role in advancing international development, global health, and human rights. As the co-chair of the Global Health Caucus, I have championed legislation to improve maternal and child health, combat global hunger and make key investments in agricultural development, and to protect young girls in developing countries from early and forced marriages. I strongly support the funding needed to meet our global commitments, improve lives, and ensure stability around the world.
Information and resources on my bill, Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act (H.R. 2407) can be found here.
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Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) and colleagues have introduced the Hmong and Lao Refugee Deportation Prohibition Act of 2020 to stop the Trump administration from deporting individuals to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (P.D.R.) for 72 months while individuals with Final Orders for Removal have their immigration cases reassessed. The Trump administration is currently negotiating with the Lao P.D.R. on a repatriation agreement that would deport at least 4,700 individuals to Laos.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN-05), Co-Chairs of the Global Health Caucus, have introduced a resolution in support of the live-saving work of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance. H.Res.861 highlights GAVI’s twenty years of success in saving the lives of children in the world’s poorest countries by improving access to new and underutilized vaccines. Since 2000, 760 million children have received immunizations, preventing the deaths of more than 13 million people.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today after the State Department responded to a directive from Congress within the Fiscal Year 2020 conference spending agreement:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today after President Trump ordered a strike that killed Iranian commander Qassim Suleimani:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement today after President Trump signed the FY 2020 funding package into law:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement after the passage of the national security minibus, H.R. 1158:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today after the United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal was announced:
Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-MN04) and Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) announced the Global Health Caucus, originally formed in 2005, would continue to serve as a forum for Congress to stay informed and engaged on matters of global health funding and policy. McCollum and Brooks, who will serve as Co-Chairs of the Caucus, released the following statements today:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 2740, which consists of the FY2020 Labor-HHS-Education, Defense, State and Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water appropriations bills.
The four-bill minibus rejects President Trump’s harmful budget cuts and invests in hardworking families across the nation with provisions important to Minnesotans and the American people, including:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today joined House Appropriations Democrats in voting to approve the FY 2020 State and Foreign Operations funding bill, which prioritizes strategic investments in diplomacy and development efforts to reduce global poverty, strengthen democratic political systems, and create greater political and economic stability in the world, while enhancing our national security and maintaining U.S. standing as a global leader.