October 24, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Emphasizing Need for Nonpartisan Foreign Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and 7 of their colleagues in announcing a new resolution to reaffirm the importance of nonpartisanship in the Foreign Service of the United States. 

The Senators’ resolution stresses that members of the Foreign Service deserve the strong support of the American public, and condemns political retaliation against them.

“Our dedicated Foreign Service Officers travel far from home, often to dangerous places, to advance America’s interests abroad,” said Senator Harris. “We commend their service and sacrifice, and honor their commitment to our country, and not any one political party.”

Since 1924, members of the Foreign Service have brought invaluable knowledge and expertise to American foreign policy, helping to promote peace and stability, and giving the United States a competitive advantage in advancing critical interests. Today, about 16,000 Foreign Service members in 276 locations around the world and our nation’s capital are dedicating their careers to building critical partnerships and advancing U.S. interests around the world.

Throughout their careers, members of the Foreign Service often serve in extreme hardship and difficult security situations—circumstances that have, in tragic cases, cost lives.

In addition to Harris, Feinstein, Merkley, and Van Hollen, the resolution is cosponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA).

The full text of the resolution is available here.