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 (DFL-Minn.) previewed President Donald Trump's Address to a Joint Session of Congress in a post on Medium:
At four town hall meetings last week in St. Paul, I heard a clear message from my constituents: the State of our Union is anxious.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum shared the following op-ed on Medium and sent a similar letter to constituents:
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Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s comments that he can “live with” a one-state "solution" in which Israel permanently controls all Palestinian territory and ends the prospect of an independent Palestinian state existing in peace and security with Israel:
“President Donald Trump’s comments abandoning a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians are a gift to extremists who reject a peaceful resolution to this conflict.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on President Donald Trump's executive order blocking the admission of refugees and discriminating against Muslim Americans and immigrants:
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is considering President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) to serve as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement opposing the Pompeo nomination:
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement urging the Senate to reject Tillerson's nomination:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after the White House announced sanctions against Russian officials and government entities for cyber attacks interfering with the 2016 presidential election:
"Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential election was an attack on American democracy. Earlier this month, I urged President Obama to respond proportionally, forcefully, and unequivocally, including by applying sanctions and expelling Russian officials.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum made the following comments on her Facebook page after Secretary of State John Kerry delivered an address on the state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process:
"A two-state solution is only possible when there are partners who are willing to make the hard choices that advance peace. Right now, it appears that neither Israel nor the Palestinians are willing to make the sacrifices needed to resolve their longstanding conflict.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum made the following comments on her Facebook page after the United Nations Security Council voted 14-0, with the United States abstaining, to condemn the illegal expansion of Israeli settlements:
"Illegal Israeli settlement expansion is extinguishing the prospects for a two-state solution and the creation of a Palestinian state. I join the United Nations Security Council and all who seek peace in the Middle East in condemning the destructive and uncontrolled Israeli settlements.