Apr 3, 2017
Congressman Albio Sires Office
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, H.Res.54, a bipartisan resolution reaffirming the U.S.-Argentina partnership and recognizing Argentina’s economic reforms, introduced by Congressman Albio Sires, unanimously passed the House of Representatives.
Rep. Albio Sires and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) introduced H.Res.54 after traveling to Argentina last Congress to recognize President Mauricio Macri’s efforts since his election in November 2015 to improve ties with the United States and restore the bilateral partnership previously enjoyed by both countries.
“Argentina is an important partner in the Western Hemisphere for the United States and I am pleased that President Macri has sought to improve ties with the United States and restore the bilateral partnership our countries previously enjoyed. I am also encouraged by his commitment to stimulate growth and reassert Argentina’s leadership in the region after years of isolationist tendencies” stated Congressman Sires.
In addition, the resolution cites Macri’s commitment to rebuild the economy, combat domestic corruption, defend human rights abroad, strengthen press freedoms, attract foreign direct investment, and return Argentina to the international credit markets. This resolution also urges the State Department to coordinate an interagency strategy to increase cooperation with Argentina on areas of bilateral, regional, and global concern. Finally, it encourages the Macri Administration to continue investigating the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, as well as the January 2015 death of AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, and prosecute those who were involved.
Rep. Duncan said, “I applaud the passage of H.Res.54 and Ranking Member Sires’ leadership in working to ensure that the United States prioritizes an even stronger relationship with Argentina. President Macri’s pursuit of greater economic freedom, deeper security collaboration, and stronger energy ties are important for Argentina and the region at-large. I look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to pass legislation that bolsters our partnership with Argentina.”
“I am proud to cosponsor this legislation with Rep. Jeff Duncan and grateful for the strong support we received in passing this resolution. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we continue to engage with our neighbors in the Hemisphere,” said Rep. Sires.