Sending Office: Honorable Ted Lieu
We invite you to join us in cosponsoring H.R. 3571, the City and State Diplomacy Act, a bipartisan bill to boost the role that city and state governments play in promoting U.S. interests on the world stage.
In recent years, city and state governments have begun playing an increasingly significant role in international affairs. Governors, mayors, and coalitions like the Conference of Mayors and Council of State Governments regularly meet with and host their
foreign counterparts, and many of them have signed MOU’s to promote cooperation. These agreements have the potential to impact millions of people on a range of issues from law enforcement to water cooperation—all without the involvement of the national governments.
To date, city and state elected officials have largely conducted this subnational diplomacy with little-to-no support from the federal government, expertise in international affairs or alignment with national priorities and lines of effort. The State Department
sought to change this in 2010 by appointing a Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, and the new office racked up successes despite being short on resources. However, the office did not survive the transition to the next Secretary.
Our legislation would establish an Office of Subnational Diplomacy at the State Department dedicated to promoting subnational engagements, leveraging federal resources to enhance their impact, and aligning the engagements with national foreign policy objectives
when possible. The new office would also be responsible for coordinating foreign service officers detailed to city and state governments in support of their international engagements through the existing Pearson Fellowship.
We are proud that our legislation was recently endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in a unanimously-passed
resolution and by the
German Marshall Fund. The bill is also
supported by experts like former Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon, President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Ivo Daalder, former U.S. Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis, and many others.
We hope you will join us boosting a critical tool for U.S. diplomacy by cosponsoring the City and State Diplomacy Act. For questions or to cosponsor, please contact Leo Bruell at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-225-3976.
Ted W. Lieu Joe Wilson
MEMBER OF CONGRESS MEMBER OF CONGRESS
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