Tsongas Shares Recent Activity With Voters
Jun 19, 2017 12:46PM
● By Theresa Gilman
(Editor's Note: what follows is the text of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas’ June e-newsletter to her constituents, including residents of Dracut.)
I recently returned from Germany where I traveled with a bipartisan delegation of
Members of Congress as part of the Congressional Study Group, an independent
non-partisan international legislative exchange. During my visit, I met with
numerous German officials, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier,
members of the country’s legislature, the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, other
political, military, economic and business leaders, and students in a foreign
Having lived in Germany during the post-World War II era, I saw how hard our two nations have had to work to build and maintain such a strong connection. I was reminded of that effort during our visit, which was aimed at continuing to foster this critically important trans-Atlantic alliance. The trip was an invaluable experience for my colleagues and me, and our German counterparts.
America’s relationship with Germany currently faces challenges. Recent events, such as comments made by President Trump about Germany and the Administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, have frayed ties. Our delegation was in Germany as much of this discord unfolded; making our trip all the more poignant and our mission all the more necessary. Many German officials expressed deep concern over the U.S. ceding international leadership and what that could mean for German – American relations and the global landscape in general. In addition to discussing specific issues important to both our countries - such as counterterrorism, trade, climate change and more - our delegation sought to reassure our German counterparts that we value our longstanding relationship and view it as key to our common progress and security.
Our two countries must work to find a constructive, common path forward that acknowledges the changing world in which we live. You can read more about my Germany visit in this edition of Congress in Your Inbox. Also, you will find my statement released after President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, which occurred while I was in Germany and allowed me to hear reaction firsthand from our international allies.
Also in this week’s newsletter, you can read about this week’s Armed Services Committee hearing with the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during which I questioned them on women in the military. Also in this newsletter is information about a recent NeighborWorks America grant that will benefit affordable housing and community development in Lawrence; and a link to video of my questions to military leaders about safety and modernization efforts in the DOD’s FY 18 budget and read about my recent town hall forum in Marlborough.
As always, I look forward to your feedback via my website, or on Facebook and Twitter. Please follow along at those social media accounts, where you will find my most up-to-date statements and positions on recent happenings in Washington and the Third District.
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