Maloney Joins Congressional Delegation Overseas
Last week in Washington D.C. Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney joined a Congressional delegation led by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on a visit to Ireland, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya to learn more about the progress each country has made on crucial issues facing its citizens and the global economy. In addition to Maloney and Pelosi, other members of the Congressional delegation were: Congressmembers George Miller of California, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Nick Rahall of West Virginia and Keith Ellison of Minnesota.
The delegation arrived in Ireland on March 12, where they met with key public and private sector leaders to discuss economic recovery, security cooperation and renewable energy. The meeting included Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Speaker of the Irish Parliament Sean Barrett and members of the Irish Parliament, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Patrick Rabbitte and the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. “Ireland’s leadership in renewable energy was most impressive. The job creation in the private sector green economy in Ireland is something we will be hearing a lot more about,” Maloney said after meeting with Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Rabbitte at Eirgrid, the Irish power grid operator. Eirgrid is on track to achieve 40 percent integration of renewable sources into its power grid, which will help Ireland do its part ensuring that the European Union reaches its goal of 20 percent renewable sources by 2020.
On March 14 the delegation arrived in Egypt where its members conducted meetings with high ranking Egyptian government officials, civil society and religious minority leaders who included: Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister Wafaa Bassim and People’s Assembly Speaker Mohamed Sa’ad Al-Katatny. By March 16 the group traveled to Tunisia. The members met with government officials including Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, Speaker of the
Mustapha Ben Jaafar and with Tunisian and American non-governmental organizations including representatives from the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute and International Federation of Electoral Systems.
The delegation arrived in Libya on March 17 and met with Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib, Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil and select members and students who will play a critical role in defining Libya’s future. “The progress that the leaders here have made in moving toward democratic elections and writing a constitution after decades of autocratic rule-was inspiring,” said Maloney. “I was honored to be a part of the visit to Libya and congratulate the citizens and their leaders on the work they have accomplished so far. Along with Leader Pelosi, I’m proud of the leadership of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in helping secure democracy in Libya. We especially encouraged Libyan women to run for office and provide a voice for all women in their country.”