Oversight, Appropriations, And Partnership Top Agenda For U.S. And Caribbean Lawmakers

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Twenty legislators from Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the United States gathered at the Hilton Barbados for a governance workshop hosted by the U.S. House Democracy Partnership on Saturday, April 23.

They were joined by U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, Barbadian Ambassador Noel Lynch, and Antiguan Barbudan Ambassador Ronald Sanders.

Representatives from the National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute also participated.

U.S. House Representative Barbara Lee opened the workshop saying, “The House
Democracy Partnership is a bipartisan organization founded more than 15 years
ago, and we work to support effective, independent, and responsive legislative
institutions.”

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She explained, “It’s a two-way street.  The United States is a work in progress.  There’s much unfinished business in our own country, and we want to move toward ‘a more perfect union.’  Learning best practices from you is extremely important.”

Since 1998, Representative Lee has represented the California congressional district
including the cities of Oakland and Berkeley.

She has visited the Caribbean numerous times, and in 2005 she sponsored the legislation to create the annual celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month in June.

As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, she explained, “We have looked through the appropriations process at how we can make the issues that parliaments address here and throughout the Caribbean a priority.  Whether humanitarian, trade, or
health issues, we want to better partner through the appropriations process with your
countries.”

U.S. House Representative Robin Kelly of Illinois shared Representative Lee’s words
of cooperation.  “You are our neighbors, and we need to work together.  Democracy
is something that needs to be worked on each and everyday.”

This is Representative Kelly’s second visit to Barbados and tenth year in Congress.  She
serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which overseas issues of communications, health, and environmental protection, and the Committee on
Oversight and Reform.

The workshop focused on three themes: strengthening legislative oversight and
capacity; budget, appropriations, and access to financing; and legislative solutions to
addressing electoral and campaign finance reform.

The in-person meeting followed previous virtual engagements over the last two years.  As Ambassador Taglialatela explained, “It’s an honor to have Representatives Lee and Kelly with us.  As Ambassador to seven countries, I hope this is not only an opportunity to share your perspectives with the United States but an opportunity to engage with one another
as well.”

Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005, the House Democracy Partnership uses peer-to-peer exchange programs, training seminars for members and staff, and targeted material assistance to build capacity in key areas such as legislative oversight, budget analysis, committee operations, constituent relations, and library and research services.

Its singular focus on the legislative branch of government, and its unique ability to bring together American legislators and their peers from around the world have made the commission a valuable forum for strengthening democratic institutions and deepening bilateral relations.

Source: United States Embassy (Barbados)

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Now before some dummy ask “what have you done?” Let me say I don’t have the means to do much but I still help fellow citizens day to day…These individuals in that picture have done nothing to better their countries but eat Tax payers monies & live lavishly…Name something of importance that has helped citizens that any of these individuals have done…Educate me.

  2. Lawbreakers, législatives and justice ! for all.
    ⚖️Law ⚖️
    The above mention in the articles refers to all (practial instructions).
    But !👉 God still wants his people to obey ! Because of the sinful nature of all people, this holy law of God could not produce justice (righteous).
    So Jesus gave a right standing with God as a 💝 gift to his people,to worship and live together as his people.

    This law of God and perfect law, helps people to repent and live to love ❤️one another,and shows their love for God in humanity, also help people to live peacefully.
    Real freedom is found in God’s perfect law, législation and command to love one another !!

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