Foreign Affairs

Peaceful relations abroad are vitally important to our stability back home. When the United States acts as an agent of goodwill, we reap the benefits of a stable economy, a vibrant workforce, and a safer world.

I am particularly interested in ensuring that the United States is a good neighbor to Mexico, Central, and South America. Diplomacy, foreign aid, and peaceful mediation can prevent people’s displacement, which in turn reduces the strain on our immigration system and fosters lasting relationships that benefit the entire region.

The United States can and should be a driving force around the world for freedom, human rights, and peace. This does not mean we should turn first to war and violence. Too many times, our first response to a foreign policy problem has been military action. I firmly believe that military intervention and the use of military force should be strictly reserved as a last resort, after all diplomatic solutions have been exhausted. I continue to oppose the broad authorization of military force that has operated as a blank check for military use for 15 years.

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May 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON –  After leading more than half of their Democratic colleagues in pushing for a WTO TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 vaccines, U.S. Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL),  Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Angie Craig (D-MN), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), and Andy Levin (D-MI), today released the following statement on President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. would support the waiver:

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) alongside Representatives Hank Johnson (GA-04), Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), and Ilhan Omar (MN-05) led a group of 21 lawmakers in introducing the House companion to Senator Merkley’s Honduras Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Act of 2021. This critical legislation, which is identical to the Senate version, lays out a comprehensive framework for combating corruption, impunity, and human rights violations in Honduras.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week commemorates the 5-year anniversary of the assassination of Honduran environmental and indigenous rights leader, Berta Cáceres. Five years later, the fight for human rights in Honduras wages on, and the United States must drastically change its role in that fight.

February 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL-04) and U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today applauded Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s announcement that the Administration will support the lawmakers’ proposal to release Special Drawing Rights (SDR) to help with the global economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and urged the administration to support an issuance as quickly as possible.

February 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and Mark Takano (CA-41) re-introduced the Robust International Response to Pandemic Act. The bill directs United States representatives to multilateral development banks, such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), to assist developing countries as they fight COVID-19.

February 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today led a letter urging President Biden to take on a broader analysis of the humanitarian impacts of sanctions and to reconsider sanctions that are impeding COVID relief.

The letter was also signed by Senator Ed Markey and Reps. Bass, Blumenauer, Bush, Castro, Cicilline, Espaillat, Grijalva, Hank Johnson, Barbara Lee, Lofgren, Jones, Khanna, McGovern, Moore, Ocasio-Cortez, Pocan, Pressley, Schakowsky, Tlaib, and Welch.