December 3, 2013Engel Statement on Becoming Chair of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians
December 2, 2013Engel Statement on the signing into law of The PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013
December 2, 2013Engel Statement on Ukraine Protests
November 25, 2013Engel Statement on Loya Jirga’s Approval of U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement
November 24, 2013Engel Statement on Interim Deal Reached Between P5+1 and Iran
November 22, 2013Engel Statement on Reports of a Delayed Signing of the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement
November 21, 2013Engel Statement on Georgia’s European Future
November 21, 2013Ranking Member Engel Helps Introduce Bipartisan International Violence Against Women Act
Friday, August 02, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement that foreign national same-sex spouses will now be eligible for any type of visa including work, study, cultural or student exchange and legal immigrant visas.
"Today's announcement is simply the right thing to do. No one who is legally married should be denied a visa simply because of the gender of their spouse. This is one of the first steps in bringing the functions of the federal government in line with the repeal of DOMA and ensuring equality in benefits for all Americans. This rights an unjustifiable wrong, however, there is more that both the Administration and Congress must do to end discrimination in all federal benefits for same-sex married couples."