Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Roskam, Price Lead Solidarity Mission to Emerging Democracies

Feb 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. —U.S. Representatives Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) and David Price (D-NC), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP), are leading a bipartisan Congressional delegation to three HDP partner countries in the EUCOM and PACOM military operating areas.

As first reported by The Weekly Standard, the lawmakers are “expected to visit emerging democracies near Russia's borders this week in an effort to assure allies that the United States won't stand for Russian aggression.”

With authoritarianism on the rise around the world, this delegation aims to strengthen the bonds of friendship and solidarity between the United States and these emerging democracies.

Chairman Roskam released the following statement:

“Authoritarianism is on the rise around the world. Russia, in particular, is attempting to undermine democratic institutions and subvert democracy. It’s important to send a clear message to our friends and allies around the world: the United States Congress stands with you.”

Ranking Member Price released the following statement:

"We must continue to work with younger democracies to strengthen their democratic institutions and legislative processes. I believe that this work is vital to combatting the influence of extremism and authoritarianism around the world."

John Jaresko, an American Ukrainian Diaspora Activist, released the following statement:

"As a resident of Illinois and an active member of the Ukrainian community in the Chicago metropolitan area, I am so proud of the work and efforts made by Congressman Peter Roskam and the  bipartisan House Democracy Partnership (HDP) of the U.S. House of Representatives. Their work directly with partner countries around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislative institutions is vital to the success of democracy and alliances throughout the world.

“As an American of Ukrainian descent, I have seen firsthand the influence and support that the HDP has provided in the last three years after the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. Congressman Roskam's unwavering stance and his visits to Ukraine following the Revolution of Dignity with his colleagues may be the very visible support needed to secure Ukraine's sovereignty. The HDP visits throughout the world embrace and support those democratic principles which the United States has the duty to help foster. Their work is invaluable!"

Karen Darch, Mayor of Barrington, Illinois, released the following statement:

“It’s always incredible to hear about Peter’s work assisting developing countries as they transition toward freedom and democracy. I’m grateful we have someone representing us in Washington who is so strongly committed to human rights and democratization abroad.”

Kevin Richardson, Mayor of Lake Barrington, Illinois, released the following statement:

“I’m glad we have strong voices in the U.S. Congress like Peter Roskam to stand up for democracy. During this time of great uncertainty around the world, his work through the House Democracy Partnership is a great example of Democrats and Republicans working together to support free nations resisting the rising tide of autocracy.”

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright released the following statement:

"The bipartisan House Democracy Partnership, co-chaired by Reps. Peter Roskam and David Price, is a great example of how our Congress can work to advance democracy, human rights and the rule of law. This clearly is in the U.S. national security interest. HDP deepens Congressional relationships with legislators and parliamentary leadership in key partner countries around the world and plays a vital role in strengthening these democratic institutions.  This important initiative of American leadership clearly reflects our values as a nation and protects our interests."

Background

The House Democracy Partnership, founded in 2005, is a bipartisan commission of the House of Representatives that works to promote responsive, effective government and strengthen democratic institutions by assisting legislatures in emerging democracies. The Partnership is assisted by the US Agency for International Development, the International Republican Institute, and the National Democratic Institute.