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House Foreign Affairs Committee Advances Connolly, Turner Resolution in Support of Establishing a NATO Center for Democratic Resilience

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Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH), a former NATO PA President, in support of the establishment of a Center for Democratic Resilience within NATO to help member, partner, and aspirant states strengthen their democratic institutions and to pre...

Connolly Opposes National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022

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Congressman Gerry Connolly, Chairman of the House Government Operations subcommittee, released the following statement in opposition to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022. “The NDAA before us today falls far short of the House-passed bill that I was proud to support and constitutes an unfortunate missed opportunity to respond to many of the pressing issues facing our count...

Connolly, Turner Introduce Resolution in Support of Establishing a NATO Center for Democratic Resilience

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Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH), a former NATO PA President, introduced H.Res. 831, a resolution in support of the establishment of a Center for Democratic Resilience within NATO to help member, partner, and aspirant states strengthen their democratic institutions and to preserve democracy around the globe. ...

Connolly Submits Testimony in Support of DC Council's Jamal Khashoggi Way Designation Act of 2021

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Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, submitted testimony in support of the Council of the District of Columbia's proposed legislation to rename the street in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy after Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and Northern Virginia resident who was murdered at the direction of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman. Connolly's f...

House Adopts Four Connolly Amendments to FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act

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Today, the House of Representatives passed the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act, which included amendments offered by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the House Government Operations Subcommittee. Connolly’s provisions included the FedRamp Authorization Act, Global Health Security Act, Protection of Saudi Dissidents Act, and an amendment to provide oversight of security cooper...

Connolly, Barr Urge Secretary Blinken to Ensure Safe Evacuation of AUAF Students and Staff

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Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY), members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging him to do everything in his power to ensure the safe departure of remaining students and staff from American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), including by granting them presumptive eligibility for Priority-2 (P-2) desi...

Connolly Joins Letter to Administration Urging Timely Guidance on Plans to Evacuate Remaining Americans and at-Risk Individuals from Afghanistan

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Today, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) joined Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Zoe Lofgen (D-CA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and 11 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging them to provide timely guidance on how the Administration will evacuate remaining Americans, lawful permanent residents, and vul...

Evacuees plead for action: ‘We are in some kind of jail’

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The Americans trying to evacuate hundreds of Afghans and American citizens — including one Afghan who worked as a U.S. military translator and says he is anticipating his beheading by the Taliban — pleaded for action from the Biden administration to get the would-be evacuees aboard charter flights that are standing by to fly them from Afghanistan. “Unfortunately we are left behind now,” the former...

Connolly Urges Flexibility on Final Departure Date from Afghanistan

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Afghanistan departure letter

Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) sent a letter to President Biden urging him to remain flexible on the date of departure for the last American troops in Afghanistan, currently planned for August 31, and to commit to bringing as many at-risk individuals to safety as possible. “I was pleased to hear you say in your press conference on August 20th that you’re committed to evacuating every Ame...

Connolly, 47 Members Press White House for Answers on Afghanistan Evacuations

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Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) joined Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-CA-53) and 47 members of Congress in sending a bipartisan letter to the White House, seeking answers on the Biden Administration’s plans to evacuate U.S. citizens, Afghan allies and their families, women, NGO employees, journalists, and others from Afghanistan. The letter states that “it is this Administration’s moral ...

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