Congress Urges Appointment of Special Envoy
There is a significant challenge to the Good Friday Agreement, peace, and progress from Unionist parties and paramilitaries, and the British Government. These challenges must be met before the crisis deepens.
Special Envoys from Senator George Mitchell have made a significant impact on reaching and safeguarding agreements and progress.
A cross-party group of 25 Congress members has signed a letter to President Biden seeking the appointment of a Special Envoy to the North. This bipartisan approach followed a meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearing on the Good Friday Agreement.
The subcommittee Chairman Bill Keating said the letter followed their recent meeting and was signed by. “Twenty-five members of Congress joined this effort, including members of the Massachusetts delegation, Friends of Ireland Caucus, and House Foreign Affairs Committee, in a strong showing of American support for peace and stability in Northern Ireland.”
The bipartisan letter called on President Biden,
“ to demonstrate America’s commitment to peace through diplomacy by appointing a President’s Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. This appointment would confirm our commitment to our transatlantic partners and our staunch support for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law (and) U.S. efforts that provide critical support for initiatives to further integrated education and on other issues vital to cross-community reconciliation must continue to receive our support, such as our contributions to the International Fund for Ireland.”
Many thanks for your continued support Chairman Keating and Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment, and Cyber; Richard E. Neal, Co-Chair, Congressional Friends of Ireland Caucus; Juan Vargas; Gerald E. Connolly; James P. McGovern; David N. Cicilline; Dina Titus; John Katko; Jake Auchincloss; Jim Costa; Abigail D. Spanberger; Vicente Gonzalez; Ted Deutch; Bill Pascrell, Jr.; Mike Doyle Brendan F. Boyle; Stephen F. Lynch; Marcy Kaptur; Brian Higgins; Susan Wild; Mary Gay Scanlon; Albio Sires; Conor Lamb and Daniel T. Kildee.