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Eliot Engel

Template:TOCnestleft Eliot Engel is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 17th district of New York.


Congressman Engel was born in the Bronx on February 18, 1947. He grew up in a city housing project and attended New York City public schools. In 1969, he graduated from Hunter-Lehman College with a B.A. in History and received a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1973 from Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York. In 1987, he received a law degree from New York Law School.

For twelve years prior to his election to Congress, Mr. Engel served in the New York State Assembly (1977-1988), where he chaired the Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, as well as the Subcommittee on Mitchell-Lama Housing. Prior to that, he was a teacher and guidance counselor in the New York City public school system.

A lifelong resident of the Bronx, Congressman Engel is married to Pat Engel. They have three children.[1]


Congressman Engel serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee including the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Energy and Power. He also serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee and is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, as well as serving on the Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia. He is the founder and Co-Chair of the House Oil and National Security Caucus, which is seeking clean, energy efficient alternatives to America's over-reliance on oil. He is also a member of the Democratic Task Force on Health and serves on the Commission on Human Rights.

Rep. Engel created the Dependence Reduction through Innovation in Vehicles and Energy (DRIVE) Act, of which many provisions were successfully included in the energy bill that was signed into law on December 19, 2007. He was a leader in passing legislation to protect the Highlands, millions of acres running through New York, including large portions of Rockland and Westchester Counties. Congressman Engel has called for balancing the budget by rolling back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and reforming the Alternative Minimum Tax that is hurting so many middle class New York families.

Engel authored the ALS Registry Act (P.L. 110-373) which established a national registry for the collection and storage of data on those suffering from ALS. Rep. Engel also wrote the Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Act (P.L. 110-361) which promoted research at Centers of Excellence for Muscular Dystrophy. Finally, in the "Public and Teaching Hospital Preservation Act" (P.L. 110-252,) he blocked several Bush Administration Medicaid regulations which would have harmed our hospitals' ability to provide care.

Rep. Engel also promoting a reauthorization of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Assistance (PEPFAR.) Within the PEPFAR bill (P.L. 110-293,) Rep. Engel successfully included his bill, the Stop Tuberculosis Now Act. This measure provides increased U.S. support for international TB control activities and promotes research to develop new drugs, diagnostics and vaccines.[2]

Foreign policy

Congressman Engel is the author of the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, which successfully sparked international pressure on Syria to withdraw from Lebanon, and sponsored a key resolution recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. He is the leader in the House of Representatives on U.S. policy toward Latin American and the Caribbean. In addition, he has written laws relating to Albania and Kosova, Cyprus, Irish affairs, and is co-author of the Harkin-Engel Protocol, which addresses the child slave labor in the cocoa fields of Africa.[3]

Progressive roots

According to Bernard Cylich from a report made to the Communist Party USA National Board in June 2020::

The son of a union ironworker, raised in public housing, and educated in the city’s public schools, Engel became a public school teacher and union member. In the early 1970s he founded an insurgent Democratic club in Co-op City, the largest working-class housing cooperative sponsored by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union (since defunct). At that time, Co-op City was 70% white (mostly Jewish) and 20% people of color (as noted later, the demographics would change over the decades). After a turbulent 13-month rent strike in the community, Engel triumphed in his first political battle in 1977: running on the Liberal Party line, he defeated an entrenched Democrat and a Republican for a state Assembly seat.
Engel’s neighbors and friends in Co-op City helped get him elected; together, we smashed the corrupt Democratic Party machine, some of whose members went to jail. In 1988 Engel challenged and defeated Representative Mario Biaggi, who was indicted for bribery and later jailed. So began Engel’s 31 years in the House. Until 2020, he faced little if any challenge to his reelection. His progressive record was impressive. He received 100% ratings from the AFL-CIO, seniors, women’s groups, and gun control advocates, among others. He was endorsed by a number of unions, including the AFL-CIO, AFT, UFT, NYSUT, the American Nurses Association, 1199, DC 37, Teamsters, and 32BJ, as well as by many of his colleagues in public office. He co-sponsored Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, the Dream Act, and the Payment Fairness Act. Robocalls were made on his behalf by James Clyburn, Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz, Jr., Hillary Clinton, and speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.[4]

Population Connection Donation

Eliot Engel received a donation from the Population Connection in 2020.[5]

"March For Racial Justice"

March poster

New York State Assemblymember Eliot Engell sponsored a January 18, 1988 "March For Racial Justice" to NYC Town Hall. Other sponsors included the Communist Party USA, the Socialist Workers Party, and Young Socialist Alliance.

Endorsing Dinkins


In 1990, as part of the New Democratic Coalition, Eliot Engel personally endorsed the New York mayoral campaign of well known Democratic Socialists of America member David Dinkins.

The New Democratic Coalition was a "coalition of progressive Democrats" which included New York Democratic Socialists of America, many individual Democratic Socialists including Ronnie Eldridge, and Ruth Messinger and some communists including Margaret Chin, a known Communist Workers Party leader and Communist Party USA supporters such as Richard Gottfried, Frances Boehm, and Miriam Friedlander.[6]

HR 109 endorser

By February 20 2019 endorsers of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's HR 109 (Green New Deal) included Eliot Engel.

H.R. 950, the Job Creation and Infrastructure Restoration Act of 1997 was introduced in the 105th Congress on March 5, 1997 by Congressman Matthew Martinez of California. It had 33 original co-sponsors, including Eliot Engel. The primary purpose of this emergency federal jobs legislation was to provide much needed jobs at union wages to crisis ridden cities by putting the unemployed to work rebuilding our nation's infrastructure (schools, housing, hospitals, libraries, public transportation, highways, parks, environmental improvements, etc. $250 billion is authorized for emergency public works jobs over a five year period.

Congressman Martinez had previously introduced this bill in the last Congress (as HR 1591) at the the request of over 50 prominent Labor leaders who formed the Los Angeles Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs, which is why it is often referred to as the "Martinez Public Works Jobs Bill."[7]

This is the most significant jobs legislation introduced in Congress since Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal established the Works Progress Administration (WPA). This bill is the WPA-type program for today. It has strong provisions which will put hundreds of thousands of unemployed building trades workers to work as well as provide jobs for victims of plant closures, welfare recipients who are parents, youth, and the long term unemployed. The public works projects which will be established under this bill will be built in communities with the highest levels of unemployment and with the greatest needs.
The goal of the New York Coalition for Public Works Jobs is to build the movement to pass the Martinez Jobs bill as part of the National Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs. You can help by asking your union, community organization, or local government body to to join those who have already passed resolutions to endorse the bill. Such a resolution has been introduced in the New York City Council. Calling on additional Congressional Representatives to co-sponsor the bill is very important. We will be organizing petition campaigns, visits to elected officials, and demonstrations and other actions for a public works jobs program.

The leaders of the Los Angeles Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs and its only affiliate New York Coalition for Public Works Jobs, were all known supporters or members of the Communist Party USA.

Los Angeles , National Labor Coalition For Public Works Jobs

A New York affiliate, New York Coalition for Public Works Jobs, c/o Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2.

Radical aide

Aura Vasquez was, in 2006/7, a Legislative Aide to Rep. Eliot Engel.

Voted against cutting funding for ACORN

In September 2009, following the lead of their Senate colleagues, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to cut off funds to ACORN. the vote was 345-75. All of the 75 were Democrats, and included Eliot Engel. [8]

Sinn Fein connection

Eliot Engel is very close to Sinn Fein and Irish terrorist leader Gerry Adams.

Meeting Gerry Adams in Ireland

Rep. Engel issued this statement for St. Patrick's Day 2013;

“I would like to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, including warm greetings to my Irish and Irish-American friends. This annual demonstration of Irish pride throughout the tri-state area is truly inspiring, and I always enjoy participating in parades with the sound of bagpipes in the air. When I was elected to Congress in 1989, one of my first international visits was to Ireland, where I met Gerry Adams in Belfast. Since that day, I have had a strong relationship with Ireland, its people, and the Irish-Americans living in my district, and I look forward to my next visit to Ireland.
“I was instrumental in passing legislation to enforce the MacBride Principles in Northern Ireland to guarantee equality in hiring for all people, including historically underemployed and discriminated Northern Irish Catholics. [9]

Gerry Adams meeting

Gerry Adams, Eliot Engel

Dec. 11, 2002, Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) met with Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Fein.

Rep. Engel said, "I agree with Gerry Adams that the British Government must more faithfully implement the Good Friday Accord. I was very disappointed that the British suspended the Assembly in the north of Ireland. It's time that they got on with implementing the Good Friday Accord so that the peace process can move forward."

Gerry Adams told Rep. Engel, "My focus is on the imperative of reinstating the institutions, which the British government should never have suspended. There has yet to be any substantial progress in the discussions around the current crisis.

Rep. Engel, who serves on the House Subcommittee on Europe, was the Congressional sponsor of key MacBride Principles legislation which fights discrimination against Catholics in the north of Ireland. He told Gerry Adams that he would work to increase Congress's focus on implementation of the Good Friday Accord.

Rep. Engel, a Member of the Congressional Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs, expressed concern that the Bush Administration is giving less attention to the situation in northern Ireland. He said, "President Clinton was personally involved in moving the peace process forward. I am concerned that President Bush has relegated the Irish issues to a back room at the State Department." After the meeting in Rep. Engel's office, Mr. Adams was scheduled to travel to the State Department.[10]

Sinn Fein sympathiser

In 2002, when allegations surfaced that the Irish Republican Army was working with Colombia's narco-terrorist FARC guerillas, the Irish Echo commented on many US Congressmembers' Sinn Fein sympathies.[11]

The 47-member House International Relations Committee represents a broad cross-section of congressional political opinion. Fourteen of the members represent northeast (mainly New York and New Jersey) constituencies, some such as Ben Gilman’s, with a strong Irish-American makeup. A substantial core of these have been identified over the years with Irish issues. As well as Gilman, they are Peter King, a New York Republican; Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat; Joe Crowley, a New York Democrat; Christopher Smith, a New Jersey Republican; Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat, and Gary Ackerman, also a New York Democrat.
All have been sympathetic to Sinn Fein and the Irish nationalist agenda in general. King has been a long-time supporter also of the IRA. Smith was prominent in the hearings into Northern Ireland police reform. They can be expected to lend a sympathetic ear to any plausible explanation from Sinn Fein as to what the three republicans were doing in Bogota, should the party chose to send a representative to the hearing.
However, Rep. Hyde and Cass Ballenger a Republican from North Carolina, both conservatives, have been resolute in their determination to look at the allegations of IRA and FARC links. Ballenger was unequivocal when speaking before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on April 11. “The IRA has been in Colombia providing the FARC narco-terrorists with urban terrorist expertise and training,” he said.

Crowley Letter to Prevent Deportation of Malachy McAllister

April 28, 2006 Crowley Leads Bi-Partisan Letter in Support of Malachy McAllister and His Family from Deportation.

—Congressman Joseph Crowley, a co-Chair of the Congressional Ad-Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs joined Friends of Ireland Chair James Walsh (R-NY) along with Reps. Richard Neal (D-MA), Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) in authoring a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff asking him to intervene to stop the deportation of Malachy McAllister and his children.

"Malachy has served time for his crimes and is not a terrorist threat to the United States. Returning him and his family to Northern Ireland would put him at grave risk. When Congress passed tight terrorism laws we designed them to keep terrorists who threaten our nation out. Not to cause pain and suffering to hard working people living peacefully within. Malachy has shown that he is determined to live his life in the United States peacefully and to put his past in Northern Ireland behind him. To deport him and his family would be immoral," said Congressman Joseph Crowley.

Recently the Third Circuit Court of Appeals based in Philadelphia ruled against Malachy's appeal for deportation. In writing on the case Judge Maryanne Trump Barry wrote "I cannot find a way to keep Malachy in this country and I have surely tried."[12]

Helping McAllister


Stay of deportation

Apr 21, 2016, Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus and co-chair of the Congressional Ad-Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs, welcomed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) decision to grant temporary relief from deportation to Malachy McAllister. Crowley has joined a bipartisan group of members of Congress, including Reps. Bill Pascrell, (D-NJ), Peter King (R-NY), Richard Neal (D-MA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Eliot Engel (D-NY), in leading efforts in support of McAllister’s case, including spearheading a bipartisan letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and organizing multiple calls with ICE and U.S. Department of State officials. Today’s action will allow McAllister to stay in the U.S. for one year.[13]

Lift ban on Sinn Fein fundraising

In October 2005, Members of Congress urged the State Department to lift a fundraising ban on Sinn Féin in advance of the upcoming visit to the U.S. of party leader Gerry Adams.

And that very visit could be in jeopardy if the specific Adams fundraising component is denied by the U.S. government.

Seven members of the House of Representatives have signed on to a statement in which they say they “strongly oppose efforts to ban Sinn Fein fundraising in the United States.”

The signatories include the Republican chairman of the Friends of Ireland group in Congress, Rep. James Walsh, and Rep. Richie Neal, a Democratic co-chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs.

The group plays up its bipartisan composition in a statement in which they express “in the strongest possible terms our opposition to any effort that would prohibit Sinn Fein from raising funds.”

“We believe that the Sinn Fein leadership has kept its word and honored its commitments. At this critical moment in the peace process, they should not be penalized for delivering on their promises,” it added.

“Every political party from Northern Ireland has the right to fundraise in the United States. We are simply calling for a level playing field. The ban that prevents Sinn Fein from fundraising in the United States should be lifted promptly.”

In addition to Walsh and Neal, the statement was also signed by reps. Joe Crowley, John E. Sweeney, Eliot Engel, Frank Pallone and Brian Higgins.[14]

Discussions with Gerry Adams

Following discussions March 16, 2006 with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams a number of senior US representatives agreed to lobby the British government to reconvene the Assembly in the short term.

The Sinn Fein President held a lengthy series of discussions yesterday with leading Congressional and Senate representatives.

Among the Congress members he spoke to where James Walsh, Richard Neal, Carolyn McCarthy, Marty Meehan, Peter King, Chris Smyth, Joseph Crowley, Eliot Engel, Tim Murphy, Mike Capuano, Frank Pallone, Neil Abercrombie and others.

Mr. Adams also had a brief meeting with Senator John Kerry, and held two separate meetings with Senators Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd and Senator Hillary Clinton.

A Sinn Fein spokesperson described all of the meetings as "very positive and constructive. The conversations concentrated on the need to make progress and on our proposals for breaking the logjam. This means movement by the British and Irish government‚s before the summer and well in advance of the marching season.[15]

"United Ireland Forum"

There was a loud buzz of anticipation in the hall as 800 Irish American activists gathered on a Saturday afternoon June 2009 in the Hilton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, in New York.

Old friends who had campaigned together over many decades on a range of justice issues, from internment, through political status campaigns, the hunger strikes, collusion, plastic bullets and the MacBride Principles Campaign against discrimination, and many more, came together for a special one day conference organized by Sinn Féin.

There were scores of Irish American organisations represented at what was probably the biggest single gathering of Irish American organisations and activists in several decades.

The New York event was organized by Sinn Féin. It was billed as a ‘United Ireland Forum’ with the theme of the conference described as; ‘A Public Conversation to discuss: Unity – Our destination: How do we get there?’

Pete Hamill was Fear an Tí. This well known former New York journalist, essayist and novelist spoke of the importance of the conference and of the issue and introduced each of the panellists.

He was joined on stage by Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin President; Brian Keenan, author and broadcaster who was a hostage in Beirut for four and a half years and who is from East Belfast; Dr. Brendan O’Leary, is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania who has written extensively on the north, is an advisor to the Kurdistan National Assembly, the UN, EU and others; and Terry O’Sullivan, the General President of the Labourers’ International Union of North America.

Gerry Adams as the host of the Forum reminded his audience of the goal of the meeting, “A Public Conversation to discuss: Unity – Our destination: How do we get there?”. He identified two sub themes: “Firstly for the people of Ireland – what kind of united Ireland do we need? “And secondly for the diaspora, particularly here in the USA, the question is not so much how do we get there as how can the USA help the people of Ireland get there? How do you help? How can you be active and effective?

“Because it isn’t a matter of IF we will get a united Ireland – be sure of that my friends. It is a matter of HOW and WHEN. “For Sinn Féin a united Ireland is more than just about changing the flags. We want a real republic – a national democratic republic – but that is for the people of the island of Ireland to decide, free from outside interference. So, this conference is about what you can do about uniting Ireland. In other words this is the start of a new phase of activism throughout Irish America. “For hundreds of years we Irish have struggled for independence and freedom from Britain. Our struggle has taken many forms, sometimes armed and violent, sometimes electoral, sometimes peaceful.

“We have fought on all fronts – we have suffered. Others have suffered also. We have persisted; we have made enormous progress and we have prevailed. And always, at the heart of our struggle there has been our fundamental right, our basic human right, to determine our own future.

The conference was also unexpectedly addressed by two senior New York politicians US Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Eliot Engel who both pledged their support to the campaign.[16]

"Friend of Gerry Adams"

In 2014 Manhattan based Friends of Sinn Fein registered one $500 donation to the "Engel for Congress" campaign of Eliot Lance Engel, Democratic representative for New York's 10th Congressional District, who describes himself on his website as a "friend of Gerry Adams".[17]

Meeting Gerry Adams, March 2014

Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein Vice-President Mary Lou McDonald, and Sinn Fein lobbyist Rita O'Hare met Reps. Richard Neal, Joseph Crowley, Joseph Kennedy III, Eliot Engel, and Frank Pallone, in Washington DC, March 13, 2014.[18]

2014 Salvadoran Elections

On Monday December 16, 2014 Reps. Juan Vargas (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) sent a letter to Sec. of State John Kerry – signed by 51 Members of Congress – calling for a public statement of neutrality by the State Department before the first round of El Salvador’s presidential elections on February 2, 2014.

The letter, , highlighted several “important steps” that the current government has taken to “strengthen its democratic system and expand the right to vote to all citizens,” including those living outside of the country, who will be voting by absentee ballot for the first time in February. Since the election of Mauricio Funes, the first President from the Marxist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) party, the government has increased the number of polling places four-fold to increase accessibility, especially in rural areas.

“We’re glad to see so many Members of Congress expressing respect for the right of the Salvadoran people to determine their own future. That’s an attitude that’s sorely lacking in much of the US’ policy in Central America, especially with regard to economic policy,” said Alexis Stoumbelis, Executive Director for the pro-communist Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), in Washington, DC, which has observed every post-war election in El Salvador, starting in 1994.

The letter came on the heels of a November statement by Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Democratic leader of the House Foreign Affairs committee, who also addressed the State Department, saying, “We must overcome the unfortunate baggage left by some past US administrations that have historically been nakedly partisan in Central American politics… [By] words and deeds, the burden is on us to actually persuade our Central American friends that we do not have a finger on the electoral scale, and that we will work with whoever is elected.”[19].

Working Families Party

The Working Families Party backed Engel in 2014.[20]

ARA PAF endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Eliot Engel in 2014, also 2012.[21]

PDA contact 2014

In 2014 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and Senator, Alan Guma, was assigned as the contact for Rep. Engel.[22]

2014 WOLA Awards

The Honorary Committee for Washington Office on Latin America's 2014 Human Rights Award Ceremony and Benefit Gala, consisted of;[23]

Colombian meeting

In November 2014, officials from Colombia and the United States met in Bogota on Monday to renew international defense cooperation agreements between the two countries, and discuss ways in which to make it stronger.

According to a brief communique released by the Colombian Ministry of National Defense, the delegates discussed the progress the South American nation has made on security in recent years.

They also discussed the policy of “security through diplomacy,” a program through which Colombia, with U.S. support, offers its security expertise to allies for drug-related crimes, particularly Central America and Caribbean nations.

At the meeting were Republican lower house representatives Ted Yoho (Florida), Jeff Duncan (South Carolina), Matt Salmon (Arizona) and Ed Royce (California), and Democrats Juan Vargas (California), Eliot Engel and Gregory Meeks, all visiting from the U.S.

Colombian Deputy Minister of Defense, Jorge Enrique Bedoya, and Colombia’s ambassador to Washington, Luis Carlos Villegas, and U.S. ambassador to Bogota, Kevin Whitaker also attended the meeting. [24]

On Cuba's removal from terrorism list

Rep. Eliot Engel, Ranking Member On House Foreign Affairs: Cuba’s Removal Was “A Logical Step.” “Representative Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and a former Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s decision to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism: ‘President Obama's decision to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism is a logical step. But the story cannot end here. Having just visited Cuba, I believe the ball is now in the Cuban government's court to respond by allowing for greater political pluralism, guaranteeing freedom of speech, and ensuring that each and every Cuban political prisoner is freed. We all must redouble our efforts in support of democracy on the island.’” [Engel Press Release, “Engel Statement On Cuba's Removal From State Sponsor Of Terrorism List,”4/14/15]

Cuba visit

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi traveled with a congressional congregation to Cuba mid February 2015.

The trip is the first official House delegation to travel to the island nation since President Barack Obama announced late last year an easing of trade restrictions with the Castro regime.

“This delegation travels to Cuba in friendship and to build upon the announcement of U.S. normalization of relations and other initiatives announced by President Obama,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said. “This delegation will work to advance the U.S.-Cuba relationship and build on the work done by many in the Congress over the years, especially with respect to agriculture and trade.”

The delegation includes Democratic Reps. Eliot Engel of New York, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Anna Eshoo of California, Nydia Velazquez of New York, Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, Steve Israel of New York and David Cicilline of Rhode Island. Engel is the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

The lawmakers will meet with Cuban government officials, Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino and local community leaders.[25]

The delegates also met Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, marking the first time Cuba's heir apparent to power has received an official American delegation.

Nancy Pelosi and the eight other House Democrats concluded their two-day visit by meeting Diaz-Canel, 54, who is first in line to the seat of power held by brothers Fidel Castro and Raul Castro since 1959.

The nine Democrats, all supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama's policy change on the Communist-led island, were due to be escorted directly to the airport after the meeting.

Diaz-Canel and the Americans talked about Cuba's market-style economic reforms, bilateral relations and prospects of the U.S. Congress lifting the country's 53-year-old trade embargo of Cuba, official Cuban media reported.[26]

2016 Cuba visit

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and 16 other House Democrats will join President Barack Obama on his historic trip to Cuba March 20-22.

Obama will be the first president to visit Cuba in 88 years, and the trip is a symbolic next chapter in his attempts to normalize relations with the country.

The House members will attend along with several senators who previously announced they will make the trip.

The House delegation includes Reps. Karen Bass, Cheri Bustos, Sam Farr, Rosa DeLauro, Barbara Lee, Charles Rangel, Kathy Castor, David Cicilline, Steve Cohen, Jan Schakowsky, Peter Welch, Alan Lowenthal, Jim McGovern and Lucille Roybal-Allard. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra of California will also travel to Cuba along with Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and Tom Udall of New Mexico are slated to join the trip. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has been a leading advocate for normalizing relations with Cuba, will also attend. Additional House Republicans may also join.

Pelosi previously led the first official House delegation trip to the country after Obama announced the change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in 2014.[27]

Trip to India and Nepal

May 2017 Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi led a bipartisan Congressional delegation to India and Nepal focusing on strengthening bilateral economic and security relations, her office has said.

The delegation will also visit Germany and Belgium with an aim to focus on global economy, bilateral and multilateral relations and human rights.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the US House of Representative, accompanyied Pelosi on Our bipartisan delegation travels at a vital time in the US relationship with India, Nepal and our NATO partners," said Pelosi, who is also former Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

"Our delegation looks forward to meetings on how we can strengthen our economic and security relationships, as well as addressing challenges ranging from regional Russian aggression to global human rights," Pelosi said in a statement, without giving the details of the trip. Other members of the Congressional delegation are Jim Sensenbrenner, Eliot Engel, Jim McGovern, Betty McCollum, Judy Chu and Joyce Beatty. [28]

The delegation met with the President of Nepal, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, and also with the Dalai llama.[29]

New Democrat Coalition, 113th Congress

In the 113th Congress, 50 members of the House of Representatives belonged to the New Democrat Coalition, including:[30]

Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founders

In August 2018 Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founding members included Representative Eliot Engel.

Medicare for All Act

In February 2019 Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced H.R.1384 - Medicare for All Act of 2019. By May 29 she had 110 co-sponsors including Rep. Eliot Engel.

DSA pressure on Yemen Bill


IE DSA - Inland Empire Democratic Socialists of America July 8 2019.

URGENT: Tomorrow, Tuesday 7/9, the House Rules Committee will consider whether to allow a floor vote on Rep. Ro Khanna's legislation to end US participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen (Amendment 339 to the National Defense Authorization Act.) The DSA International Committee urges members to call their reps in support.

The Congressional switchboard is 202-225-3121. You can say something like:

“I urge you to co-sponsor, speak out for and vote for the Khanna-Schiff amendment to end all U.S. participation in the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen. Yemeni kids' lives are hanging on your vote.”

Key Congress members — If your Rep is on this list, please contact them immediately and urge them to cosponsor Amendment 339:

Pelosi, Hoyer, Engel, Smith, Lieu, Nadler, Lowey, Jim Himes, Ted Deutch, Brad Sherman, Meeks, Bass, Connolly, Susan Davis, Jim McGovern, Langevin, Moulton, Gallego, Houlahan, Cicilline, Slotkin, Mikie Sherrill, Luria, Spanberger, Wild, Malinowski.

NIAC Applauds Khanna-Gaetz Amendment

Press release Friday July 12, 2019: CONTACT: Mana Mostatabi.

WASHINGTON DC – Moments ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bipartisan amendment from Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to bar funding for an unauthorized war with Iran. The amendment passed with a final vote count of 251-170. The Khanna-Gaetz amendment was offered as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and builds on the momentum from last month’s Senate vote on the Kaine-Udall amendment, which also would have also blocked the Trump administration from launching an unauthorized war with Iran.
In response to the passage of the Khanna-Gaetz amendment, NIAC Action President Jamal Abdi issued the following statement:
“The House of Representatives should be applauded for its vote today to stop an unauthorized war with Iran before it starts, and we call on the Senate to follow suit. With the passage of the amendment from Representatives Ro Khanna and Matt Gaetz, legislators moved one step closer to pulling the U.S. back from the edge of a war that the American people do not want and that Congress has never authorized. With nearly all of the 2020 presidential candidates calling for the U.S. to return to the Iran nuclear deal, and now with the House passing the Khanna-Gaetz amendment, a bipartisan consensus against the Bolton-Pompeo approach to Iran has clearly emerged.
“The Iranian-American community and the broader American public know that war with Iran would be a disaster. That’s why a majority in the House and Senate now are on the record voting for provisions to rule out an unauthorized war with Iran. It is imperative that legislators ensure that the final defense authorization bill includes the Khanna-Gaetz amendment.

“We applaud Reps. Khanna and Gaetz for their leadership. Without the help of Chairmen Eliot Engel, Adam Smith and Jim McGovern as well as Reps. Anna Eshoo, Seth Moulton, Anthony Brown, Barbara Lee and countless Americans who spoke out against war with Iran, this vote would not have been possible.”[31]

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  9. official press release, STATEMENT FROM REP. ELIOT ENGEL ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY 03/15/13
  10. [http://engel.house.gov/107th-congress-press-releases/engel-meets-with-sinn-feins-gerry-adams/, Engel official website, ENGEL MEETS WITH SINN FEIN'S GERRY ADAMS 12/11/02]
  11. Irish Echo, Tri-state congressmen in spotlight, FEBRUARY 16TH
  12. Crowley Leads Bi-Partisan Letter Calling for Secretary Chertoff to Prevent Deportation of Malachy McAllister By: Joe Crowley Date: April 28, 2006
  13. [ http://crowley.house.gov/press-release/vice-chair-crowley-welcomes-temporary-relief-malachy-mcallister Joe Crowley press release, Vice Chair Crowley Welcomes Temporary Relief for Malachy McAllister Apr 21, 2016]
  14. Reps. back Adams’ right to fundraise 27 October 2005 in an príomhbhóthar Irish Echo By Ray O’Hanlon
  15. Sinn Fein, US Politicians Back Adams. 17 March, 2006
  16. anphoblacht, 18 June 2009 Edition New York Conference puts Irish unity on the agenda
  17. Irish News, Sinn Fein raises over €250k in US dinner fundraisers, 05/10/2014
  18. Gerry Adams tweet Mary Lou MacDonald, Richard Neal, Joe Crowley, Rita OHare, Joe Kennedy, Elliot Engle,Mise agus Frank Pallone
  19. CISPES press release, Press Statement: 51 Members of Congress Call for US Neutrality in Salvadoran Elections December 16, 2013
  20. ABOUTallsfairinsportsandpolitics ~ #AFiSP Part 32: On New York 14 Tuesday Oct 2014
  21. PAF
  22. PDA January 2014 Educate Congress Digest)
  23. WOLA, WOLA's 2014 Human Rights Award Ceremony and Benefit Gala
  24. telesur, Colombia, US Discuss Security and Defense DealsPublished 11 November 2014
  25. Politico, Nancy Pelosi leads House delegation to Cuba By Lauren French 2/17/15
  26. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/20/us-cuba-usa-idUSKBN0LN2B520150220, Reuters Feb 19, 2015 9:56pm EST Related: POLITICS, CUBA Congressional delegation meets Cuba's heir apparent HAVANA | BY DANIEL TROTTA]
  27. Politico, Pelosi, 16 House Democrats to join Obama trip to Cuba By Lauren French,| 03/14/16
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  31. [https://www.niacaction.org/niac-applauds-house-for-pulling-u-s-back-from-the-brink-of-war-with-iran-via-khanna-gaetz-amendment/?fbclid=IwAR3KhbdPErEZYJTKKMiZPzo0FrFvnqph0ivvChuTWTXijFEpK0ECT7GVPqc NIAC press release. NIAC Applauds House for Pulling U.S. Back from the Brink of War with Iran via Khanna-Gaetz Amendment FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday July 12, 2019 CONTACT: Mana Mostatabi]