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Keeping the country safe is of the utmost importance to Congressman Pallone. He takes seriously his job to protect and defend our nation, and to ensure that our men and women in uniform have the resources and support they deserve.

He is a strong advocate in Congress for strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship and supporting the Armenian people. Congressman Pallone also founded and continues to serve as co-chair of the Congressional Armenian Issues Caucus. He also founded the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans and continues to to be an active member. He is also deeply involved with affairs related to Greece, Cyprus and Ireland.

Israel

Congressman Pallone is a life-long supporter of the state of Israel as it stands as a beacon of democracy in the Middle East. He continues to vote for military and economic assistance for Israel and believe it has the right and responsibility to respond to threats in self-defense.

  • He has voted to impose tougher sanctions on Iran to halt the movement of Iranian forces against Israel and to prevent the spread of Iranian governmental support of extremist groups like Hezbollah.
  • Congressman Pallone has consistently stressed the need for progress on a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which will leave both peoples and the region more secure and prosperous.

Armenia

For more than 25 years Congressman Pallone has acted as a strong and active voice for Armenia and the Armenian-American community in Congress. It remains a priority of his to achieve Congressional recognition of the Armenian genocide.

  • Congressman Pallone continues to fight for foreign assistance to the Republics of Artsakh and Armenia and for formal recognition of Artsakh by the U.S. government.
  • Congressman Pallone recently introduced H.Res.697, a resolution expressing support for visits and communications between the United States and Artsakh at all levels of civil society and government. He has also consistently led the Caucus letter urging current presidents to recognize and commemorate the Armenian Genocide.

India

India is a great friend and economic partner to the United States. Congressman Pallone was involved in the formation of the U.S.–India nuclear deal which facilitates nuclear cooperation between our countries and expands cooperation in energy and satellite technologies.

Congressman Pallone believes that India, which is the largest democracy, the second most populous country, and has the third largest standing army in the world, is an obvious choice for permanent membership in the Security Council. That is why he recently introduced H.Res.535, a resolution expressing support for the Republic of India to be a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

Greece and Cyprus

Congressman Pallone is a strong supporter of the Hellenic community. As a member of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus and the Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance (CHIA) Caucus, Congressman Pallone has worked to ensure strong American support of Greece and Cyprus as the two countries continue to recover from the economic crisis of 2012. He also believes that we must continue to do everything in our power to ensure a peaceful and lasting reunification of Cyprus.  

Ireland

Congressman Pallone has been a leading voice in Congress and has made U.S. support for a peaceful resolution to conflict in Northern Ireland a priority.  He supported the 1998 Good Friday agreement and the peaceful and democratic process which it established.

Congressman Pallone is a member of the Friends of Ireland Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives where he and his colleagues work on developing a stronger U.S. – Ireland relationship and advocate on behalf of issues important to Irish-Americans. Congressman Pallone has also met with members the Irish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly during their visits to the U.S. Congress.

 

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June 24, 2019 In The News

Earlier this month, Amir Allen traveled to the Dominican Republic to meet his father for Father’s Day. But when he got off the plane, he learned that his father, Joseph Allen, 55, from New Jersey, had died of cardiac arrest, said Amir’s uncle, Jason Allen.

Joseph Allen had arrived on the island on June 9 to celebrate a friend’s birthday and was found dead in his room at the Terra Linda Resort in Sosua on June 10.

“He was a funny guy, full of life,” said Jason Allen, who noted that his brother, though heavyset, was healthy.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) along with Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (FL-12), Congressman Peter King (NY-03), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28) introduced a bipartisan resolution that reaffirms the critical importance of the relationship between the United States and Armenia. It also recognizes the recent free and fair parliamentary elections and transfer of power that took place in Armenia in December 2018. The Members serve as the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues.

November 21, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) led a letter from  Members of Congress asking that President Trump halt any efforts to extradite exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen from the U.S. to Turkey, as has been reported in numerous media outlets. Gülen has been a consistent scapegoat for Turkish President Recip Erdogan and it has been reported that Trump is considering his removal from the U.S.

July 31, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06), Co-Chair of the Armenian Issues Caucus, led 48 members of Congress, in a letter calling on President Trump to meet with Armenia's newly elected Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, while he is in the United States for the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly in September.

April 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06), Co-Chair of the Armenian Issues Caucus, along with 101 members of Congress, sent the following letter to President Trump asking that he commemorate April 24th as a day of American remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. Congressman Pallone helped organize and attended the Armenian Issues Caucus’ commemoration of the Armenian Genocide on Capitol Hill that took place this week and on Sunday he will attend the commemoration in Times Square.

September 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC Returning to the US after a visit to Armenia during the week celebrating Armenia’s independence, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr (NJ-06). said, “The progress of the country economically and politically is immediately evident. I visited Armenia several times in the 1990s and early 2000s. Great strides have been made in terms of economic development and improvements in the political system since then,” said Pallone.

August 9, 2017 Press Release

Long Branch, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) returned from a trip to Israel, where he gained a firsthand understanding of regional challenges and America’s strategic relationship with Israel.

Reflecting on his trip, Congressman Pallone said that the threat posed by Iran’s conventional forces to Israel and the entire Middle East was his biggest concern.

August 9, 2017 Press Release

Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Co-Chair of the Armenian  Caucus, visited the Armenian quarter of Jerusalem during the first week of August and met with the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Nurhan Manougian. The two discussed the United States’ support for Armenia and Artsakh. Congressman Pallone was on a week long trip to Israel sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation.

July 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC- Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement on President Trump’s tweets on transgender Americans serving in the military.

June 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., Co-Chair of the Congressional Armenian Issues Caucus, made the following statement on two arrests that were made in response to the May 16th assault of protest by Turkish security forces. The Washington, DC police have not yet charged any of President Erdogan’s security detail.