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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Foreign Affairs

United Nations flagsForeign Affairs issues impact all of us and are important to my work in Congress.

As a world leader we must shed light on issues such as global poverty, genocide and discrimination and take steps to alleviate them. International leadership is not easy, but we must not step back from this duty. I believe this responsibility is also an opportunity to assist developing countries as they build their economic and societal infrastructure.

Through our leadership we must respect other nations and encourage self-determination, democracy, human rights, economic development, and greater access to education, health care, and jobs. 

The U.S. is a melting pot of ethnicities and religions fashioned by immigrants from all corners of the globe. I am proud that my congressional district is home to a diverse population of people who can trace their ancestries to all parts of the world.

Serbian Caucus

I am honored to serve as Co-Chair to the Serbian Caucus here in Congress. In Missouri’s Fifth District, we have a robust Serbian population, with multiple annual festivals to celebrate and embrace the culture.

As Co-Chair to the Serbian Caucus, I have been very pleased that the cooperation between our two countries has been steadfastly improving and continuing to develop over the past decade. Our Caucus was established in 2004 with the express goal of improving communication, raising awareness for issues of concern for Serbian-Americans, and increasing friendly relations between our two countries. I have no doubt that the relationship will only continue to grow in the future. 


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May 16, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) - “This report that President Trump may have provided highly classified information to senior Russian officials is beyond disturbing. Congress must immediately be briefed on what, if anything, was provided to Russian senior officials, and whether it could impact the national security interest of the United States. Additionally, the seriousness of these allegations cannot be understated. It’s past time for an independent commission.”

U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II

May 10, 2017

(Kansas City, MO) - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement regarding the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Feb 6, 2017

(Kansas City, MO)- Over 1,100 people gathered at the Manual Technical Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, February 4, 2017 to hear information regarding recent changes to the nation’s immigration and refugee policies at a town hall event hosted by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II. Heartfelt testimonials, were from given from two special guests; Robert Sagastume- a DREAMER/ DACA student, (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors),(Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) who spoke about his struggles as an undocumented student and Kilindo R.

Feb 26, 2016

Congressman Cleaver meets with Thai Ambassador Pisan Manawapat this week in Washington.

Dec 18, 2015

As we rapidly approach the holidays, I want to bring something to your attention. On Wednesday, I sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs Dr. Stephen Ostroff, calling on them to investigate slave-peeled shrimp in Thailand, which is entering the United States’ food supply.

Dec 16, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Cleaver (MO-05) sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs Dr. Stephen Ostroff, calling on them to investigate slave-peeled shrimp in Thailand, which is entering the United States’ food supply. Recent reports from the United Nations, the European Union, the US State Department, and international labor organizations have all detailed the repugnant use of slave labor in the Thai shrimp processing industry.

Sep 11, 2015

Like everything else in contemporary Washington, discussion of the Iran nuclear agreement has not been a noteworthy debate about policy, but rather a worthless exercise in Lilliputian politics.

Jul 31, 2015

Last week I had the great opportunity to join President Barack Obama and twenty other Members of Congress, a bipartisan group of both the House and the Senate, on a five-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia. We left from Washington, D.C. Thursday evening and spent two days in Kenya and two days in Ethiopia.

Jul 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Cleaver is pleased to announce that he will be joining President Barack Obama and other Members of Congress on their five-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, leaving from Washington, D.C. Thursday evening. The bipartisan delegation includes both Senators and Representatives, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus. This is the first trip by any sitting US President to Ethiopia.