ICYMI: Shaheen and Risch lead the largest US Congressional delegation to the Halifax International Security Forum, reaffirming US bipartisan commitment to addressing national security challenges

November 22, 2022

(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees – and U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) – senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – led the largest bipartisan congressional delegation to date to the Halifax International Security Forum over the weekend. Shaheen and Risch were joined by US Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV). Also accompanying the senators were U.S. Representatives Mike McCaul (TX-10), Jason Crow (CO-06), and Sara Jacobs (CA-53). Throughout the forum, lawmakers held numerous bilateral meetings with US allies and partners. They also led and participated in public dialogues on US leadership and coordination with allies to address numerous security challenges, including Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, European energy security, an emboldened China, and global issues surrounding women, peace and security.

Check out the highlights of their visit below:

  • WMUR: New Hampshires WMUR highlighted Senator Shaheen’s leading role in the middle of the forum, which included US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in addition to the non-partisan delegation members, who delivered the keynote address. Before the minister’s speech, he met the entire cross-party delegation on Friday afternoon.
  • Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC): Senator Shaheen spoke to CBCs The house on the overwhelming bipartisan commitment by the US Congress to stand by its Ukrainian partners as they fight for their freedom against the unprovoked, premeditated invasion of Russia. Shaheen said: “…there is an overwhelming, bipartisan majority in support of Ukrainians; We are inspired by their courage, combativity and stance on protecting democracies around the world.” Listen to her full remarks here.

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  • The Globe and the Mail: Senator Shaheen spoke to Steven Chase about considerations for the next United Nations Secretary-General. Shaheen is co-chair of the Senate NATO Observer Group, which she founded in 2018 with Senator Tillis (R-NC). Read more here.
  • Politically: Senator Shaheen spoke with Andrew Desiderio about the results of the midterm elections and the impact on the US’s reputation as a model for democracy around the world. Among other things, she said: “As we look at the struggle for Ukraine and the support for democracies around the world, it’s really important that the United States be able to model the aspects of democracy that we share with others.” Speaking countries… So many of the most extreme have been defeated. That was a good sign. That was a good sign for democracy.” Read the whole story here.
  • CBC: Sen. Shaheen also addressed the results of the midterm elections during her panel entitled Friday afternoon And where is the security? alongside Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand, Estonian President Alar Karis and World Uyghur Congress President Dolkun Isa. Read more here.

Halifax panel

Among the many bilateral meetings convened by the delegation, lawmakers met with representatives from Ukraine, Taiwan, Poland, Canada, Kosovo, the Belarusian opposition, Sweden, Estonia, Germany, Australia, the Peace with Women Fellows 2022 and more .

consequences @SenatorShaheen for additional content from the delegation visit and to access the latest updates from her office.


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