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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was honored at the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Ukrainian National Information Service with a “Friend of Ukraine” Award for his work in Congress on behalf of the Ukrainian-American community and a strong, democratic Ukraine.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Foreign Affairs Committee recently adopted Congressman Brendan F. Boyle’s (PA-13) amendment to sanction Russia for its continued support of the terrorist organization Hezbollah. The amendment ensures that Russia’s military coordination with Hezbollah will be sanctioned by the United States. HR 3329, the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017, with Boyle’s amendment, was unanimously approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on and now awaits full consideration by the House.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s remarks before the United Nations Assembly:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s decision that his administration will end the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressmen Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) and David Cicilline (RI-1), along with 17 other Democratic members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter today to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to preserve the promotion of democratic values as part of the Department of State’s mission statement. The letter followed reporting that Secretary Tillerson has ordered the State Department to redefine its mission and issue a new statement of purpose that eliminates references to promoting democracy – a central pillar of U.S. foreign policy.
WASHINGTON, DC – Following reports this week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will shut down the State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues (S/CCI), U.S. Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) led a letter joined by Reps. Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and 19 colleagues strongly urging Tillerson to reconsider the decision, which would leave the U.S. as the only major country without a lead cybersecurity diplomat.
Early Sunday morning, President Trump took to twitter to announce: “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things will be guarded…” I immediately had the same reaction as many Americans: shock and disgust. The analogies ensued: asking a burglar to serve as a security guard, an arsonist to man the fire truck, El Chapo to combat drug addiction.
WASHINGTON, DC – In a pointed response to President Trump’s statements from the G-20 summit earlier this week, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13), a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today introduced legislation to prohibit the United States from collaborating with Russia on matters of cyber security. The legislation is cosponsored by Congressmen Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) and Ted Lieu (CA-33). Boyle also introduced a similar amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill, H.R. 2810, on the House floor this week for consideration.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13), a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the following statement on his forthcoming legislation in response to President Trump's social media statement today that he would involve Russian President Vladimir Putin in a joint cyber security effort to protect U.S. elections:
WASHINGTON, DC– Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) released the following statement today after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, one current and one former congressional staff member, and two Capitol Police officers were injured in a shooting at a practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for charity this morning: