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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Mar 25, 2019

(Washington, D.C. ) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement regarding the recent release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Jan 29, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II has been appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the new Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. The committee was established to investigate, study, make findings, hold public hearings, and develop recommendations on modernizing Congress, including:

• rules to promote a more modern and efficient Congress;

• procedures, including the schedule and calendar;

• policies to develop the next generation of leaders;

Jan 24, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II today was appointed Chairman of the newly-created Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy—a subcommittee of the powerful Financial Services Committee—with a unanimous vote among his Democratic colleagues.

The subcommittee has broad jurisdiction over international and domestic financial policy including, but not limited to, issues such as trade, sanctions, defense production, illicit finance, and regulation of the money supply.

Aug 3, 2018

During my trips back and forth to the Fifth District, I’ve heard from many people worried about the tariffs. Farmers and business leaders have expressed their concerns. I’ve visited with farmers in the Higginsville community and invited the Canadian Consul, John Cruickshank, to answer some of their questions.

The issue isn’t going away, in fact, I think there are others out there whom I haven’t heard from. Small contractors and others who help keep these larger industries flowing smoothly are worried about their future because of the tariffs.

Jul 6, 2018

I want to thank John Cruickshank, the Canadian Consul General, for accepting my invitation to come to the Fifth District of Missouri on Monday and talk with constituents about our current trade situation and the recent tariffs. Farmers, businesses, and manufacturers are concerned about the effects of the tariffs on American exports, and that was exemplified by the many questions asked of myself and the Consul General.

Jul 2, 2018

June 26, 2018

(Kansas City, MO) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is pleased to announce a community discussion on trade on Monday, July 2nd, 2018 in Higginsville, MO. The guest speaker for the meeting will be Consul General John Cruikshank from the Canadian Consulate in Chicago, IL. The Consul General will be speaking about NAFTA negotiations and the current trade issues between Canada and the United States.

Apr 17, 2018

April 12, 2018

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) discusses the harmful impact of President Trump's trade tariffs on rural Americans across the country.

Jan 22, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II intends to vote “no” on the short term spending bill. The country cannot continue to operate on piecemeal spending legislation. The bill on the House floor today would only provide funding for the next three weeks and fails to address the domestic and military spending caps to better support hard working families and to enhance our national security.

Jun 1, 2017

(Kansas City, MO) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement.

“A withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement is short-sighted and a dangerous nod to the National Flat Earth Agency and others who refuse to accept the science that has been embraced by every nation on the planet except war-torn Syria and dictator-driven Nicaragua.