I’ve carried this in my wallet since the MSD shooting. I think about the 17 lives taken and their families I’ve gotten to know. Today we’re all thinking about them. Our community stands united in support of the families, the 17 injured and all the survivors. #MSDStrong#LOVE
Yesterday, the U.S. was re-elected to @UN_HRC. Human rights belong at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy. By being back on #UNHRC, we have the chance to defend int’l human rights and push back on those who try to ignore or distort the very meaning of universal human rights.
The U.S. has been elected to the @UN_HRC for the 2022-2024 term. We thank those Member States that supported us in this opportunity. We will take full advantage of our seat at the table and will ensure the Council works to protect and promote human rights. usun.usmission.gov/statement…
The Human Rights Council is the @UN body responsible for promoting and protecting global human rights, but it isn't made up of rights-respecting countries. Known human rights abusers - Russia, China, Venezuela and Cuba - have the responsibility to defend human rights!
Without a 2/3 majority, no enforceable mechanisms prevent human rights abusers from getting a seat at the table. That must change, and now is the time to take stock. In order to make meaningful, needed reforms, there must be standards for #UNHRC membership.
As @USAmbUN said yesterday: “We hold others to our own standard: while we may sometimes fall short of our own ideals, we must constantly strive to be as inclusive, rights respecting, and free as possible.” We must be able to expect the same commitment from all #UNHRC members.
I also applaud @USAmbUN for pledging to push back on the council’s fixation on Israel, the one Jewish state in the world, that happens to also be the only nation with a permanent agenda item at the Human Rights Council. This, too, must change.
Oil drilling in the #Everglades would put Congress’ restoration efforts in direct jeopardy and cause irreparable harm to our community. I’m proud to stand in opposition with my Florida delegation colleagues on both sides of the aisle and hope the extraction is not authorized.
Congress must invest in community violence intervention programs to respond to the gun violence epidemic taking a devastating toll in lives, injuries & financial burden on countless Americans.
I joined @RepJoeNeguse + colleagues to push for CVI funding in #BuildBackBetter.
I was glad to join @Ami_Magazine to discuss the powerful Democratic majority for Israel and the importance of broad, bipartisan support for Iron Dome and other foreign assistance funds for our ally. Read my interview here: amimagazine.org/2021/10/13/i…
In this week’s blockbuster issue of @Ami_Magazine exclusive interviews with Congressman @TedDeutch (D-Fl) and @PressSec Jen Psaki. Also, an in-depth look at the booming Lakewood housing market. On newsstands tonight!
I had the pleasure to conclude my day with a close and vital ally of the United States, Emirati FM @ABZayed. We spoke about opportunities for the UAE and the entire Middle East presented by the #AbrahamAccords, and key issues of regional security.
It was great to see my good friend @RepTedDeutch today in Washington. He is a champion of the US-Israel relationship and his leadership continues to make an invaluable contribution both to the national security of our countries and the global fight against antisemitism.
It’s always great seeing my good friend, Israeli FM @yairlapid. We discussed the need to stand together to prevent a nuclear Iran, life-saving Iron Dome, and the incredible opportunities for the region presented by the #AbrahamAccords.
Social Security benefits will increase 5.9% to protect benefits from rising costs, but Congress must do more. We can strengthen the long term foundation of America's most effective anti-poverty program & expand benefits today.
The district I represent includes Seminole and Tequesta native lands. Today, on #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we honor Native American culture and contributions to our nation. We also resolve to reflect on, and learn from, our full history. Indigenous history is American history.