Peter King

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Peter King is a Republican member of Congress from New York.

Sinn Fein

Rep. King is a strong supporter of Sinn Fein.

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.[1]

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.

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.[2]

Sinn Fein lobbying

During a 10-day trip from Dublin in January 2013, Sinn Fein lobbyist Rita O’Hare had a meeting with Billy Tranghese from office of Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., and met directly with Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., and Rep. William Keating, D-Mass. And on Jan. 21, O’Hare attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration.[3]

"Solid supporter"

Irish nationalist politician Gerry Adams told The Hill June 2014, that his recent arrest in relation to a 1972 murder could ultimately have a beneficial effect in bringing renewed U.S. attention to lingering issues from the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Adams was speaking at the conclusion of a two-day trip to the United States during which he briefed Irish-American leaders in New York, and met with Obama administration officials in Washington, including Vice President Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan.

“My arrest alerted a lot of people here to difficulties, and part of the reason for my visit was to say to them, ‘Look, you know, now we have both [British and Irish] governments at least focusing on the need to sort this out,’” Adams said.

Adams met with the Congressional Friends of Ireland, a grouping whose members include Rep. Peter King, Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.).

“I pay great credit to the small group of Congress members on the Hill who, through thick and thin, and all the twists and turns of the process — people like Peter King and Richie Neal and Joe Crowley and others — have all remained very solid,” Adams said.[4]

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.[5]

Introduced EFCA

EFCA was introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. George Miller (D-California) and Peter King (R-New York) and in the Senate by Senators Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) and Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania) in April 2005. [6]

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