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  • Congressman Francis Rooney statement on Syria
    Posted in Press Releases on October 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    “The administration’s decision to remove our remaining troops from Syria is strategically short-sighted, erodes our credibility amongst our regional partners and fortifies Russia’s position in the conflict. The Syrian Kurds have been a critical ally in the fight to eradicate ISIS, and they continue to be a crucial partner in the stabilization of the region—holding thousands of foreign ISIS prisoners that our European allies refuse to accept and administering refugee camps that ISIS holdouts hope... Read more

  • US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Is Critical To American Prosperity
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, National Security, Foreign Affairs

    The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) or “NAFTA 2.0,” does more than open markets for goods and improve regional competitiveness. It also creates a framework of continued partnership with our neighbors who we share a border with, which is vital to America’s security and economic prosperity. However, the agreement can’t take effect until Congress votes to ratify it. I would call on my colleagues in Congress to recognize the implications of doing so and to take action. The United State... Read more

  • Reps. Rooney and Diaz-Balart Urge Secretary Pompeo to Reclassify Cuba as State Sponsor of Terrorism
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney sent a letter with Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo encouraging the administration to return Cuba to the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Congressman Rooney stated, “Four years ago, president Obama removed Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Despite this decision, Cuba has continued to support known terrorist organizations and corrupt dictators such as the regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela,... Read more

  • Rep. Rooney and Sen. Cruz Reintroduce Bill to Counter Chinese Espionage Efforts in American Universities
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Education, Foreign Affairs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee reintroduced the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act (SHEET), a bill to counter Chinese espionage efforts and influence operations in American universities. “Thirty years ago, the world watched in horror as tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers m... Read more

  • Rooney Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Build National 5G Strategy, Protect U.S. Telecommunications Infrastructure from National Security Threats
    Posted in Press Releases on May 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Foreign Affairs , Infrastructure

    According to a 2018 NATO Report, Huawei’s Growing Role as a Supplier of 5G Could Be Exploited by China to Commit Espionage, Monitor Foreign Corporations and Governments, & Support Chinese Military Operations Legislation Would Require the Administration to Develop a Strategy to Safeguard the Next Generation of Mobile Telecommunications from Foreign Influence WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger introduced a bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Representative Francis Rooney, to pro... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Calls on Canada and Europe to Cut Investment with Communist Cuban Regime
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Rooney wrote Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Bolton urging the Administration to encourage and incentivize our allies in Canada and Europe to cease doing business with GAESA, the front organization owned by the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces which intercedes between employers and employees in Cuba and prevents Cuban workers from receiving the wages due to them for their work. Congressman Rooney stated, “It is in our strategic interest to pursue policies towa... Read more

  • China, Russia And Iran Use South American Upheaval To Gain A Western Foothold
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    America has taken the relative calm of the Western Hemisphere for granted. We have paid little attention to foreign influence from across the globe descending on the region and only now are we realizing the consequences. The growing presence of American adversaries such as Russia, China and Iran in Latin America alters the strategic landscape south of the United States and should serve as a wake-up call for United States engagement in Latin America. Russia has played a role in Latin America for ... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney’s Statement on Resolution on the War in Yemen
    Posted in Press Releases on February 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, DC – Congressman Francis Rooney released the following statement on H.J. Res. 37 – Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. “This resolution is a dangerous exercise that sets a bad precedent. The purpose of this resolution is to remove U.S Armed Forces engaging in ‘hostilities’ in Yemen but the United States is not engaging in any hostilities in this conflict. “Additionally, it establishes... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Calls on International Partners to Support Juan Guaido as Interim President of Venezuela
    Posted in Press Releases on February 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, DC –Congressman Rooney released the following statement regarding the situation in Venezuela. “Following yesterday’s declaration made by the Lima Group, I call on international partners to pressure Nicolas Maduro to step down and rescind his illegitimate claim to the presidency of Venezuela and allow free and fair elections. In his place, I encourage the recognition of Juan Guaido as Interim President of Venezuela, who’s assumption of this role was Constitutionally justified in the w... Read more

  • Stay in Syria to counter Iran
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Regardless of the past decisions which drew the United States into the conflict in Syria, we should not abandon our role in the fight against the Islamic State. A withdrawal would give back all that we have achieved and would be an abandonment of our Kurdish allies. The void we would leave will create space for other power players with interests adverse to ours, like Russia and Iran, to gain ground in the Middle East. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga have had gr... Read more