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  • Religious Freedom
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on March 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Francis Rooney Speech: March 20, 2017 - Religious Freedom Institute Thank you, Tom, for your kind introduction; and thank you to all of the members from the Religious Freedom Institute for letting me say a few words today. Religious freedom is the core of the American pluralistic experience. It represents the free exercise of religion in addition to the separation of church and state. The Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom, passed in 1786, was the first law to protect this right, ... Read more

  • Time for Change in Venezuela
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Francis Rooney Too often Latin America’s strategic importance has been overlooked by United States policy makers, which is a mistake because instability in the region undermines security in the entire western hemisphere. The corrupt socialist regime in Venezuela, which has links to terrorist groups in the Middle East, is a prime example of why instability in Latin America should be a major focus of U.S. policy makers. There are currently two divergent blocs which comprise most of the... Read more

  • The real 'reset' we need with Russia
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Francis Rooney A new plan of action is needed to respond to one of our greatest geopolitical threats, Russia. Too often, the past administration focused their Russia strategy on making empty statements and on seeking to deploy the pressure of sanctions in an attempt to “reset” U.S.-Russian relations, a position of weakness instead of strength. The very first action the Obama administration took was to remove the Bush missile shield from Poland and the Czech Republic, followed by acce... Read more