Growing up in Florida—with its tremendous cultural diversity—is excellent preparation for serving as an advocate for peace, justice, and human rights in Congress. I remain committed to fighting for the underserved and the persecuted globally.
My foreign policy priorities include the following:
Ending the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: Recent estimates suggest that the past decades wars have cost American taxpayers upwards of $4 trillion. This is to say nothing of the thousands of precious lives lost. At a time of widespread budget cuts to education and other vital services, we simply cannot continue these wars. I am advocating in Congress for a prompt end to our wars abroad.
Honoring our Troops: In Congress, I will continue to advocate that our troops have the best equipment, healthcare, and services available. The one percent of Americans who voluntarily raise their right hand and swear to protect the rest of us deserve nothing less. These individuals also deserve honest, forthright and clear answers whenever we choose to send them into harm’s way. As a Member of Congress, I will make sure that we make smart, intelligent decisions regarding the use of military force.
Standing with Israel: Our bond with Israel is unbreakable. In Congress, I have fought to affirm this truth by sponsoring legislation to ensure robust assistance to Israel and apply strong and steady pressure on Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas. Peace in the Middle East depends on reason, understanding, and acceptance that all parties have the basic right to exist. I call on Hamas to recognize Israel’s right to exist as an essential step to ending a conflict that has lasted too long and taken far too many lives.
Strengthening Caribbean-American Relations: I am proud of my Caribbean-American heritage, and I am committed to fighting for human rights and economic progress in the region. In Congress, I am advocating to ensure that Cuba protects the human rights of all of its citizens, including the freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, and the right to vote in fair elections. I have pushed for proactive development and recovery assistance for the people of Haiti, championing causing including Temporary Protected Status for Haitians currently in the United States and stronger protections for Haitian women from gender-based violence.
America is still the strongest, wealthiest nation on earth. We must continue to do our part to reduce poverty, raise living standards, and strengthen cooperation globally.
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The French author, historian and philosopher Voltaire once wrote that “faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” It is a sentiment I am certain several of my congressional colleagues have felt when week after week, I doggedly sought their support in the effort to secure the safe return of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls who on April 14, 2014, were abducted from their boarding school by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement today in response to the release of 21 Chibok girls after being held in captivity for 912 days by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
“I was elated to learn today that Boko Haram has released 21 of the Chibok girls who have been living in captivity for more than 900 days. According to news reports, the International Red Cross and the government of Switzerland helped to negotiate their release. In addition, it is believed that no Boko Haram terrorists were exchanged as part of the deal, which also is good news.
MIAMI, FL – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, spoke by telephone with officials from USAID’s Hurricane Matthew Response Management Team; representatives from the Centers for Disease Control; the office of Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime; and other stakeholders about Haiti relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
Washington -- Today Congresswoman Wilson issued the following statement after learning of the passing of Shimon Peres:
Today Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) and several House lawmakers hosted a press conference in response to the breaking news that one of the 219 Chibok schoolgirls had been rescued more than two years after they were abducted from their dormitory rooms by the world’s deadliest terrorist group, Boko Haram.