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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.2407, a House Appropriations package including the Fiscal Year 2020 State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Act. This package includes an amendment offered by Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) which doubles funding for the International Fund for Ireland to $1.5 million from $750,000. H.R.2407 now awaits consideration in the Senate.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), co-chairs of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus, re-introduced a resolution, H.Res.395, condemning the intentional military targeting of hospitals and medical personnel in Syria. This month, a dramatic escalation in attacks by the Assad regime in Northwestern Syria created a highly unstable situation. More than a dozen health care facilities have reportedly been attacked.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) led a group of 32 Members of Congress in a letter to President Trump urging immediate action to preserve the cease-fire in Northwest Syria. Over the past three weeks, the Assad regime’s attacks on innocent civilians have escalated, furthering the humanitarian crisis plaguing Syria today.
PHILADELPHIA - Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) released the following statement in the wake of a weekend missile attack on Israel:
“This weekend, the terrorist groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad launched more than 600 rockets from Gaza into Israel. Tragically, innocent civilians in both Israel and Gaza have been killed. This must stop now. Innocent civilians should never be a target of such attacks. Israel, like any other country, has a right to defend itself. Hamas must stop launching attacks and hiding amongst the civilian population in Gaza.”
WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) released the following statement regarding the current situation in Venezuela:
“I am watching events in Venezuela very closely and continue to stand with the people of Venezuela in their pursuit for freedom and democracy. The Venezuelan people have had enough of Maduro’s power grabs and are demanding that democracy be returned to them.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02), co-chair of the bipartisan Friends of a Free, Stable, and Democratic Syria Caucus, led a letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to put adequate funding toward the State Department’s Syria stabilization efforts. Boyle released the following statement upon the submission of his letter.
((This OpEd appeared in the April 29, 2019 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer))
Recently, I took part in an important congressional delegation led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to both the United Kingdom and Ireland. We traveled to both countries to deliver a clear and unambiguous message: it is vital that whatever Brexit deal ultimately passes the UK Parliament does not harm the Good Friday Agreement.
Washington, DC – Today, co-chairs of the New Democrat Coalition National Security Task Force, Reps. Brad Schneider (IL-10), Anthony Brown (MD-04), Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02), and Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) released the following statement recognizing the 70th anniversary of the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) issued the following statement commemorating today’s 70th anniversary of the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Last week, Congressman Boyle led the United States delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly for its Spring Standing Committee Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, which included a celebration of the anniversary. Boyle was selected to the post by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) released the following statement following his introduction of H.Res.249 opposing the reported Russian interference in the upcoming election in Ukraine on March 31, 2019. The resolution was introduced with the bipartisan Congressional Ukrainian Caucus Co-Chairs: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1), Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Congressman Andy Harris (MD-1), and Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-5).