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July 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13)’s amendment addressing Russian support for the Taliban in Afghanistan as part of the Conference Report to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. Specifically, the amendment will require the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense to jointly submit a report to Congress on Russia’s support for the Taliban and other destabilizing activities in Afghanistan.

July 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment from Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) to encourage cooperation between the United States and Ukraine on matters of cybersecurity, and require State Department reporting to Congress on best practices to protect against future cyber attacks, as part of the Conference Report to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The amendment is modeled off Boyle’s bipartisan bill, H.R. 1997, the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, which passed the House on February 7, 2018 by a vote of 404-3.

July 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in response to last week’s unprecedented one-on-one summit with Vladimir Putin with only two translators present, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA-13), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a resolution of inquiry requesting all materials and documents used in preparation for the summit by the Trump Administration.
 

July 16, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s unprecedented, private meeting and joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier today:
 

July 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Republican members of the Rules Committee yesterday rejected an amendment put forward by Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) for inclusion in the House Intelligence Authorization Act, H.R. 6237. In response to President Trump’s failure to respond to Russian cyberattacks and interference with our election, even words of encouragement and openness toward collaborating with Russia on cyber defense, Congressman Boyle’s amendment would have prevented the United States from collaborating with Russia on matters of cybersecurity.
 

July 12, 2018 In The News

Venezuelans in Philadelphia and city representatives raised the Venezuelan flag on July 5 at City Hall to recognize the country’s independence from Spain in the 19th century and those currently fighting for their freedom in the South American nation, which continues to suffer from its years-long humanitarian crisis.
In light of this disaster, the mood of the flag raising event was not celebratory.

July 9, 2018 In The News

In 2015, I voted against the Iran nuclear agreement because I disagreed with the strategy of decoupling Iran’s nuclear threat from its their other malign activities.
President Obama had painstakingly negotiated a credible deal, but I believed that denuclearization of Iran could never truly be achievable without also addressing its gross human rights violations and regionally destabilizing behavior.  In my view, transparency on issues such as support for terrorism and detention of dissidents serves as a bellwether for a dictatorship’s readiness to disarm peacefully.

June 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brendan F.

June 11, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC –Today, Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) joined Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) to introduce new legislation to establish federal procedures for counting fatalities following a natural disaster. Introduced in both chambers of Congress, their legislation, the Counting Our Unexpected Natural Tragedies’ (COUNT) Victims Act, comes on the heels of disturbing reports suggesting the official death toll in Puerto Rico reflects a dramatic undercount.

June 11, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brendan F. Boyle, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement in advance of President Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un:
 
With decades of American foreign policy, the legitimization of Kim Jung Un, and global stability on the line, I hope that President Trump has prepared more extensively for the North Korea summit than he has thus far disclosed to the public.