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  • 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

  • Congressman Francis Rooney on the use of the Kingpin Act
    Posted in Press Releases on November 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement regarding narcotics trafficking in Latin America, following a House Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing on the effectiveness of the Kingpin Act. Congressman Rooney stated “Designating drug traffickers as ‘Kingpins’ is a key to United States national security, and is a strong tool to combat the narcotics trade in the Western Hemisphere. Kingpin designations have successfully been used to sanctio... Read more

  • Francis Rooney named Vice-Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on November 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C.- Last week, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Congressman Ed Royce, named Congressman Francis Rooney Vice-Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In the release, Chairman Royce stated, “I am excited to have Rep. Rooney as our vice chairman. His previous experience as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and as a successful businessman has been valuable in our efforts to counter global threats, and promote peace and American prosperity abroad.” Congressman Rooney ... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney makes statement on North Korean aggression
    Posted in Press Releases on November 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney, Vice-Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement following a hearing about the North Korean nuclear aggression with Thae Yong-Ho, a high level North Korean defector and former diplomat. Congressman Rooney stated, “The hostile actions and relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons by the Kim Jong-Un regime present grave threats to the United States and our allies in the Pacific. For over twenty years the United States has mai... Read more

  • Gottheimer, Rooney Introduce North Korea Ballistic Missile Investigations Act
    Posted in Press Releases on October 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Gottheimer, Rooney Introduce North Korea Ballistic Missile Investigations Act Act would defuel Kim regime’s procurement of ‘devil’s venom’ from Russia, China Washington, DC – Today, Congressmen Francis Rooney and Josh Gottheimer introduced the bi-partisan North Korea Ballistic Missile Investigations Act. Congressman Rooney stated, “It is beyond time to defuel Kim Jong-Un and his rogue regime in North Korea. As the Korean missile crisis escalates, the United States must consider new methods to st... Read more

  • A Long View on Iran
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    There are four elements in Iran that bear on United States foreign policy interests: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the “Supreme Leader;” his theocratic power base, the Revolutionary Guards and its Quds Force unit; President Hassan Rouhani and his elected government; and the Iranian people themselves, which includes a broad middle class. The distinction between the first three and the final element could possibly create an opportunity for some form of American outreach to the segment of these people wh... Read more