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  • Reps. Frankel, Lieu Introduce Bill to Prevent Nuclear Arms Race
    Posted in Press Releases on February 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) and Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33) introduced legislation to stop President Trump from plunging the United States and Russia into a nuclear arms race. On February 1, President Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, once again undermining the international order that has advanced global peace for decades and adding to the long list of major diplomatic agreements he has ripped a... Read more

  • Frankel Leads Bipartisan Resolution Urging Saudi Arabia to Release Detained Women’s Rights Activists
    Posted in Press Releases on February 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL-21), Chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, David Cicilline (D-RI-01), Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, Ann Wagner (R-MO-02), Vice Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Susan Wild (D-PA-07) introduced a resolution condemning Saudi Arabia’s continued jailing and alleged abuse of women’s rights activists. The resolution urges Saudi officials to immediately release the prisoners and h... Read more

  • Reps. Frankel, Perry Introduce Resolution Denouncing Female Genital Mutilation as a Violation of Human Rights, Urging Global Efforts to Eliminate the Practice
    Posted in Press Releases on February 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Women's Health Care, Health Care

    WASHINGTON, DC – February 6, 2019 – Today, on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL-21) and Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA-10) introduced a resolution to enhance global awareness of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), recognize it as a human rights violation against women and girls, and urge the U.S. Government and international community to undertake coordinated efforts to eliminate the harmful practice. An estimated 200 millio... Read more

  • Frankel Bill to Empower Women Worldwide is Signed into Law
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Women's Economic Agenda

    WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Today, the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment (WEEE) Act was signed into law. This bipartisan legislation, authored in the House by Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) and former Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), will help break down gender-related barriers to economic growth and supports women-led enterprises in developing countries. “When women and girls are educated, free from violence, and have access to tools to support their families, their ... Read more

  • The Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act is One Step in the Right Direction—But We’ve Got a Long Way to Go
    Posted in In the News on December 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Women's Economic Agenda

    By Teresa Casale and Gayatri Patel, Ms. Magazine Gender equality advocates across the globe celebrated the House passage of the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment (WEEE) Act in May, which promotes feminist international development policies that support female entrepreneurs. The WEEE Act affirms the importance of women’s rights—to own and control land and property, to live lives free of violence, to access the financial tools they need to start and grow businesses and to be succes... Read more

  • Congressmembers Introduce Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act
    Posted in Press Releases on December 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Health Care

    Legislation would require the State Department to restore its practice of including reproductive rights in annual report after its exclusion in 2017 by the Trump administration WASHINGTON, DC – Today, on International Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Ranking Member Nita Lowey, Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Rep. Katherine Clark, Ranking Member Eliot Engel, Rep. Barbara Lee, and Rep. Lois Frankel introduced the Reproductive Righ... Read more

  • Democratic lawmakers warn Pompeo against possible ban on sex health terminology
    Posted in In the News on November 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Women's Health Care, Health Care

    Written by Matthew Choi, Politico Several Democratic members of Congress are warning Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to not move forward with a possible ban on State Department employees using terms like “sexual and reproductive health” and “comprehensive sexuality education”. The lawmakers — Reps. Eliot Engel, Jan Schakowsky, Nita Lowey, Barbara Lee and Lois Frankel — argue in a letter sent Wednesday to Pompeo that banning State Department employees from using those terms would be regressive for... Read more

  • House Dems Slam Proposed State Dept. Censorship on Women's Health
    Posted in Press Releases on November 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Women's Health Care, Health Care

    WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. Nita M. Lowey, Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations; Rep. Barbara Lee; Rep. Jan Schakowsky; and Rep. Lois Frankel today denounced new proposed policies at the State Department that would censor discussion of women’s health. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Members expressed outrage at new reports that the Admi... Read more

  • Lois Frankel, Susan Brooks Champion 'Keeping Girls in School Act
    Posted in In the News on October 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Education, Women's Economic Agenda

    Written by Kevin Derby, Sunshine State News The two chairwomen of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues--Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana and Democrat U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel of Florida--brought out the “Keeping Girls in School Act" which, they say, will “support the economic and educational empowerment of girls globally." “Today, over 130 million girls worldwide are not in school,” Frankel’s office noted. “While the U.S. has been the global leader in efforts to expand and impro... Read more

  • Frankel, Brooks Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Keep Girls in School Worldwide
    Posted in Press Releases on October 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Education

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, on International Day of the Girl, Congresswomen Lois Frankel (D-FL-21) and Susan W. Brooks (R-IN-05), co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, announce the introduction of the Keeping Girls in School Act to support the economic and educational empowerment of girls globally. Today, over 130 million girls worldwide are not in school. While the U.S. has been the global leader in efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities, particularly... Read more