Rick Larsen

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Rick Larsen is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 2nd district of Washington.

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Rick Larsen in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Washington.[1]

New Democrat Coalition

The New Democrat Coalition was founded in 1997 by Representatives Cal Dooley (California), James P. Moran (Virginia) and Timothy Roemer (Indiana) as a congressional affiliate of the avowedly centrist Democratic Leadership Council, whose members, including former President Bill Clinton, call themselves "New Democrats." In November 2012, the New Democrat Coalition announced the election of its new leadership team. New Dems elected Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) as the Chair and re-elected Reps. Jim Himes (CT-04), Rick Larsen (WA-02), and Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) as Vice Chairs and added Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) as a Vice Chair.[2]

2006 letter to Condoleezza Rice on Colombia

Alleged Colombian Army killings prompted Fellowship of Reconciliation to work with Representative Sam Farr to forge a response that would impact the 17th Brigade, the unit allegedly responsible for the violence against San José de Apartadó and communities throughout northwestern Colombia.

As a result, Reps. Sam Farr and Jim McGovern, wrote a letter to their colleagues in Congress urging them to join in calling on Secretary Condoleezza Rice to cut funding for the Colombian military.

Letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
(Deadline for Congressional representatives to sign: February 22)
We applaud the decision, noted in your certification letter of August 2005, that the US "will not consider providing assistance to the 17th Brigade until all significant human rights allegations involving the unit have been credibly addressed." Because the Brigade is a component of the Colombian Armed Forces' command structure and has been implicated in the above referenced human rights violations, we implore you to abide by both the letter of the law and the spirit of the law by withholding human rights certification for Colombia until the following conditions are met:

Signatories included Rick Larsen.[3]

Voted against cutting funding for ACORN

In September 2009, following the lead of their Senate colleagues, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to cut off funds to ACORN. the vote was 345-75. All of the 75 were Democrats, and included Rick Larsen. [4]

Pro-China

In 2000, U.S. lawmakers publicly accused the China Ocean Shipping Co. of being a front for espionage and blocked plans to expand its Long Beach, Calif., port terminal over fears that Chinese spies would use it to snoop on the United States.

By 2009, Congress was seeing the state-owned Chinese behemoth in a far kinder light. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) authored a resolution applauding the company for employing thousands of Americans and helping keep the waters of Alaska clean. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) hailed the firm on the House floor, calling its chief executive "a people's ambassador" to the United States after it rescued Boston's port -- and thousands of jobs -- when a European shipping line moved out.

The congressional about-face illustrates a dramatic increase in China's influence on Capitol Hill, where for years its lobbying muscle never matched its ballooning importance in world affairs. Members of Congress, lobbyists and other observers said

China's strongest backers in Congress are also becoming more vocal, especially the 60-member U.S.-China Working Group, led by Reps. Rick Larsen (D-Wa.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who represent districts that do considerable trade with China.

"We bought China when it was low," Larsen quipped. "There was nowhere for it to go but up."[5]

Committee of 100 Celebrates Lunar New Year on Capitol Hill

On February 14, 2012 Committee of 100 hosted a “Year of the Dragon” Lunar New Year Reception in Washington D.C. in the Gold Room of the Rayburn House Office Building. The guests were Asian Pacific American leaders, Members of Congress and Congressional staffers, media representatives, and other honored guests.

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Committee of 100 Chairman Dominic Ng, Representative Judy Chu (CA-32), Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Senator Daniel Inouye (HI) each addressed the approximately 120 guests. The Committee paid tribute to two members of the Committee’s Advisory Council, Irene Hirano and the Honorable J. Stapleton Roy, who were thankedd for their exemplary service and long-time support.

Other distinguished guests included: Representative Mike Honda (CA-15); Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Director of the John L. Thornton China Center of the Brookings Institution; Konrad Ng, Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program; Kin Moy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; C.H. Tung, founding Chairman of the China-United States Exchange Foundation; Steve Orlins, President of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; and Eugene Robinson, Columnist and Associate Editor of The Washington Post and 2011 alumnus of the C-100 Journalist Delegation Program.[6]

AmCham delegation

With the 2016 presidential and congressional elections looming on the horizon, AmCham Shanghai traveled to Washington, D.C. for its annual DC Doorknock from September 19-22. The annual AmCham Shanghai DC Doorknock, led by AmCham Shanghai Chairman Ker Gibbs and President Kenneth Jarrett, gives AmCham Shanghai an opportunity to engage with key Washington stakeholders on important issues affecting American businesses in China. In addition to providing an “on the ground” perspective on China, the delegation this year stressed the importance of passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) to American companies and the need for the U.S. government to maintain pressure on China regarding cybersecurity concerns, internet controls and limitations, and the slow progress in financial services reform. The delegation also highlighted the positive impact of Chinese direct investment on the U.S. economy.

The first day of the Doorknock saw the AmCham Shanghai delegation calling on the Obama Administration with meetings at the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Treasury, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The administration officials assured the delegation that the Obama Administration was committed to getting TPP passed and urged the business community, when engaged in TPP advocacy, to underline the important impact that TPP has on businesses in China. The delegation also met with the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) China Mission Chief, James Daniel, to discuss the IMF’s view of China’s evolving economy.

The following day and a half of the Doorknock was spent on Capitol Hill meeting with more than 40 members of Congress and their staff, including visits to Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) and Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) and Congressmen Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania), Ami Bera (D-California), Darin LaHood (R-Illinois) and Rick Larsen (D-Washington), among others. During these meetings the AmCham Shanghai delegation continued to press for the passage of TPP and noted its importance for American businesses in China and the region more broadly. While some members of Congress remained hopeful that a vote would come up, most of the members and staff felt that it was unlikely to pass, even after the presidential election in November.[7]

ARA endorsement, 2012

The Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed Rick Larsen in 2012.[8]

External links

References

  1. CLW website: Meet Our Candidates
  2. New Democrat Coalition: More than One Fourth of the Democratic Caucus
  3. FOR February 2006 Peace Presence Update
  4. American Thinker, September 18, 2009 The 75 Democrats who are pro-sex slave ACORN defenders By Ethel C. Fenig
  5. The Washington Post January 9, 2010 Saturday Suburban Edition, As China rises, so does its influence on the Hill; Increased lobbying, growing role in U.S. economy yield new warmth from Congress BYLINE: John Pomfret SECTION: A-SECTION; Pg. A01]
  6. C-100Committee Celebrates Lunar New Year on Capitol Hill
  7. [https://www.amcham-shanghai.org/en/article/amcham-shanghai-goes-washington ECONOMY14 - OCT - 2016 AmCham Shanghai Goes to Washington Recap of AmCham Shanghai’s four-day DC Doorknock By AMCHAM Shanghai]
  8. PAF