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  • Congressman Rooney introduced a bill to stop China from exploiting American universities
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft (SHEET) Act of 2018 in the House of Representatives to stop foreign intelligence services from using college exchange programs to steal technology, recruit agents and spread propaganda. This bill accompanies a Senate bill introduced by Senator Ted Cruz. Congressman Rooney stated, “Geopolitical adversaries like China are stealing American technology and exploiting our universities’ open re... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney’s statement on the latest Iran protests
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C.- Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement on protests in the Grand Bazaar in Tehran, Iran. “The latest round of protests rocking the Iranian capital are further evidence of the asymmetries between the people of Iran, who yearn for democracy, and the repressive regime. The people care about rampant unemployment and rising inflation, while the radical mullahs in charge are more concerned with exporting terror and establishing Shiite hegemony across the region. The... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney’s statement on the Venezuelan election
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C.- Congressman Francis Rooney, Vice-Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the sham election in Venezuela. Congressman Rooney stated, “The Venezuelan people deserve better than the fraudulent, rigged re-election of Nicholas Maduro. Bolivarian socialism has been an absolute failure. Venezuela, once one of the wealthiest countries in the Western Hemisphere, has fallen into complete r... Read more

  • Time to pay attention to Latin America in an era of change
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    The United States should look beyond the traditional paradigm of security, migration, and narcotics when considering relations with Latin America. It is imperative to curb the influence of Russia, China, Iran and non-state actors like Hezbollah, in the region, and increase American trade to benefit our economy. We should forge closer diplomatic and economic ties with those countries committed to the rule of law and free enterprise, while working with partners in the region to encourage other cou... Read more

  • German Ambassador Peter Wittig to Visit Naples as Guest of Congressman Francis Rooney
    Posted in Press Releases on February 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, DC – German Ambassador to the United States, Peter Wittig, will visit Southwest Florida on March 2nd at the invitation of Congressman Francis Rooney. Together they will tour an important company headquartered in Naples which has activities and facilities in Germany and then will host a roundtable luncheon with area business leaders and officials having affiliations with Germany. Congressman Rooney stated: “We are honored to welcome Ambassador Wittig on his visit to Florida. Southwest... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on Resolution Supporting the Iranian People
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, DC- Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement on the passage of H.Res. 676 to support the Iranian people. “Today’s vote in the House of Representatives sends a strong signal to the people of Iran that the United States stands with them in the aftermath of recent protests. “The protests highlight the asymmetries between the views of the government and its citizens. The destabilizing activities around the Middle East by Ayatollah Khamenei’s regime lack support at home. ... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Statement on U.N. vote rejecting United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
    Posted in Press Releases on December 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C.- Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement on the United Nations vote rejecting the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “President Trump and Ambassador Haley are right to stop financially rewarding United Nations member countries who vote to condemn the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Countries that depend on and expect American assistance and aid, yet undermine our strategic objecti... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney to Speak about the Role of Religion in Society
    Posted in Press Releases on December 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Naples, FL- Congressman Francis Rooney will be delivering remarks regarding the role of religion in society on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 at 7 PM at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Naples. “I would like to thank Father Philemon Patitsas, Dr. Harry Dimopoulos, and the Christian Rights and Freedom Institute for inviting me to speak Thursday evening about the role of the Christian faith in our lives and society,” Congressman Rooney stated. “Religion, rather than just being a ritual in a... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on the Importance of Religious Freedom to Fight Islamic-inspired Terrorism
    Posted in Press Releases on December 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney, Vice-Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and former United States Ambassador to the Holy See, participated in a hearing to demonstrate how religious freedom can be used effectively to combat radical Islamic terrorism. Congressman Rooney stated “Religious freedom is an important soft power tool for combatting radical Islamic extremism. When practiced freely, religion provides stability in society, leading to tolerance of differing v... Read more

  • The Differences Between Catalonia and Kurdish Iraq
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan are engulfed in identity crises. While the two independence movements are the subject of frequent comparison, their situations differ because of historical, cultural, and economic ties with their respective mother countries. Catalonia and Spain share a deep and longstanding unity, while Kurds have a loose union with the rest of Iraq and lack a shared history beyond the past one hundred years. Not surprisingly, a silent majority of Catalans seems to support a unified... Read more