On June 12, Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman and ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a press release congratulating the new co-chairs of the Argentine Caucus: Representatives James Himes (D-CT) and Jeff Duncan (R-SC).
This parliamentary group of bilateral friendship, similar to the one that exists in the Honorable Chamber of Deputies of Argentina, was launched in January 2018 by Representatives Engel and McCaul. The official launch event, organized jointly with the Argentina Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center, took place on January 9 of that year in the Rayburn Building. There was a significant presence of guests from the political, academic and business worlds, American representatives from both parties, officials from the Argentine Embassy, as well as a delegation of Argentine legislators made up of Deputies Cornelia Schmidt Liermann, Karina Banfi and Marco Lavagna.
The creation - and recent renewal - of a friendship group with Argentina in the House of Representatives of the United States Congress (especially when the creation of such bilateral caucuses is not always usual) is a clear symbol of the very good state of the bilateral relationship and a valuable platform of linkage, mainly between Argentine and US legislators.
In effect, the Argentine Caucus serves as a link to gather legislators with an interest in improving the bilateral relationship, as well as hold meetings to enrich members and congressional advisors on events in Argentina and promote ideas for strengthening the bilateral cooperation.
With the renewal of the Caucus membership, Representative Himes said: “It’s an honor to Co-Chair the Congressional Argentina Caucus and to reignite the spirit of partnership and collaboration between our two nations. Through increased dialogue and better understanding, we’ll be able to impact the world in a more positive way, leaving a lasting and positive legacy for future generations based on mutual interests and cooperation,”
For his part, Representative Duncan said: “As the former Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, I am proud to Co-Chair the Congressional Argentina Caucus with Congressman Jim Himes to further strengthen the important U.S.-Argentina relationship. I am also thankful for the support of Chairman Engel and Ranking Member McCaul as we continue to work on important issues in the Western Hemisphere and around the globe.”