Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
Congresswoman Maloney is the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues. The Caucus serves to bring a renewed congressional focus on key diplomatic, military, and human rights issues in this critical part of the world. The members of the Caucus introduce legislation, arrange briefings on current events, and disseminate information to interested parties.
The topics on which the Caucus focuses include U.S. aid to Greece and Cyprus, the conflict on Cyprus, U.S. relations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the status of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and developments in the Aegean.
Congresswoman Maloney first founded the caucus in 1996 with former Congressman Michael Bilirakis and now co-chairs with caucus with his son, Rep. Gus Bilirakis. She represents one of the largest Greek populations in the world, outside of Cyprus and Greece and is a steadfast supporter of strong U.S. relations with Greece and Cyprus.
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WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, today led a bipartisan effort urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to block a small arms sale that would benefit the Turkish Presidential security guards who beat unarmed protesters last month in front of the Turkish Embassy. The Members were joined by eight of their colleagues in the House of Representatives on a letter to the Secretary.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services held a hearing Thursday to discuss the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Greece. At the hearing, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues and member of the Financial Services Committee, asked the bipartisan panel of expert witnesses if they supported debt relief for Greece and IMF involvement in future assistance programs. All experts agreed that debt relief and IMF support were crucial for Greece’s recovery.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, yesterday hosted a joint meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt, ahead of his swearing in on September 28, to discuss the future of Greece and the relationship between Greece and the United States. Representatives Lee Zeldin (NY-01), Dina Titus (NV-01), Niki Tsongas (MA-03), Anna Eshoo (CA-18) and John Sarbanes (MD-03) also joined the meeting.
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, recently joined a bipartisan Congressional delegation to Cyprus where she met with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Doherty and Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides to discuss the status of reunification negotiations between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders and opportunities for economic growth in the region presented by the discovery of offshore natural gas.