WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday joined Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in introducing a resolution in support The Alliance for Development in Democracy (ADD), a multilateral initiative by American allies in Latin America. The ADD includes Panama, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.
“The United States has an enduring interest in a prosperous and stable Western Hemisphere,” said Risch. “I am proud to join this resolution highlighting cooperation with democratic countries in Latin American to advance our strategic national interests.”
“In the last few years, countries across Latin America who were once among America’s closest democratic allies have pivoted away from the United States towards Russia and the Chinese Communist Party. Meanwhile the countries in the Alliance for Development in Democracy have coalesced to promote a freer and more prosperous Western Hemisphere, and to not just maintain but bolster their ties to the United States. The ADD is a promising and exciting initiative, and it is deeply in America’s national security interests for it to succeed,” said Cruz.
“The Alliance for Development in Democracy represents a collaborative effort by like-minded partners in Latin America to address our shared regional challenges,” said Senator Kaine. “I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan resolution with my colleagues to recommit to the advancement of democratic institutions and development in the region,” said Kaine.
“At a time when America’s enemies continue to make inroads in our region, it’s crucial the U.S. support initiatives such as the Alliance for Development in Democracy (ADD) which is taking a stand against human rights abuses in the hemisphere and shining a light on Beijing’s growing influence throughout Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Rubio.
“Panama, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and now, Ecuador’s partnership in the Alliance for Development in Democracy (ADD) constitute important contributions to bolstering democracy in the Western Hemisphere. As we work to expand democracy further, in the Americas and across the globe, the United States must remain committed to securing deep economic ties and strengthening our strategic relationships with the members of the Alliance,” said Cardin.
“When I visited Latin America earlier this year, I saw first-hand the aggressive and coercive economic practices the Chinese Communist Party attempts to deploy in the region. As a proud partner of Panama, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, the United States should applaud the efforts of the Alliance for Development in Democracy and seek a stronger relationship with the ADD. I’m glad this resolution does that, and look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure this resolution passes the Senate and sends a resounding message that strong democracies promote strong economies,” said Shaheen.
Text of the resolution can be found here.