Congresswoman Lee Concludes Congressional Delegation to COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, recently returned from a Congressional delegation led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The delegation conveyed the commitment of the United States Congress to continuing the robust progress made to tackle the climate crisis under the leadership of President Biden.
“It was an honor to meet with Foreign Minister and COP27 President Sameh Shoukry of Egypt and leaders from international and U.S. NGOs and civil society at COP27. I also welcomed the opportunity to bring up concerns about Egypt’s human rights record and political prisoners directly with their leadership. I thank Speaker Pelosi for hosting this important trip and for her exceptional leadership on the world stage, and I am grateful to my Democratic colleagues for continuing the fight to take climate action back in Washington.
“Since last year’s COP26 in Glasgow, President Biden and the Democratic Congress have proudly enacted the most significant climate investment in U.S. history, putting America on track to slash carbon pollution by 40 percent this decade. As Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, I am committed to furthering these gains. Our FY 2023 funding bill provides over $3.6 billion to address climate change and invest in other environmental programs, including $1.6 billion for the international Green Climate Fund to help developing countries mitigate climate impacts, reduce emissions, and fight climate change.
“These are critical investments. But we all know more is needed. As the United Nations and scientists around the world have made clear, we can still preserve a sustainable climate for future generations. But that window is closing fast. We must work together to follow through on our commitments and change our collective trajectory.”
The other Members on the delegation were:
- Speaker Nancy Pelosi
- Chairman Frank Pallone, Chair, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Chairman Richard Neal, Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means
- Chairman Gregory Meeks, Chair, House Foreign Affairs Committee
- Chairwoman Kathy Castor, Chair, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis; Member, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Chair, Subcommittee on Trade, House Committee on Ways and Means
- Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Chair, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, House Committee on Appropriations; Member, House Agriculture Committee
- Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Member, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis; Member, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology; Member, House Committee on Education and Labor
- Congressman Jared Huffman, Chair, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife, House Committee on Natural Resources; Member, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis; Member, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán, Member, House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Member, House Committee on Homeland Security
- Congressman Adriano Espaillat, Member, House Committee on Appropriations; Member, House Committee on Education and Labor
- Congressman Sean Casten, Member, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis; Member, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, Member, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
Congresswoman Lee is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. She serves as Co-Chair of the Steering & Policy Committee, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Chair Emeritus of the Progressive Caucus, Co-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Health Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus. She also serves as Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. As a member of the House Democratic Leadership, she is the highest ranking Black woman in the U.S. Congress.