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07-SRC0 on Nov 6, 2007

Membership Roster: the Silk Road Congressional Caucus
Source: Silk Road Caucus website
The Silk Road refers to the ancient trade route through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan first explored by Marco Polo. The hope for the Silk Road Caucus is to help connect Central and South Asia and the Caucasus with the US, in an effort to encourage economic, cultural, and political exchange between our countries.
    Why should Congress be interested in today's Silk Road?
  • Silk Road countries desire a deeper engagement with the US.
  • China and Russia have recently begun to project influence into the Silk Road region, in some cases at the expense of US interests.
  • Silk Road petroleum reserves have the potential of expanding world supply, resulting in better prices for U.S. consumers.
  • Some Silk Road nations possess weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. involvement is critical to curtailing WMD proliferation.
  • Extremist Islamic fundamentalism is attempting to disrupt and dominate politics in the region.
Countries of the Silk Road are seeking a well-conceived and proactive policy of engagement, which authorizes U.S. assistance to support their economic and political independence. After decades of Communist rule, these countries have faced a tough road toward economic development and prosperity, and the cultivation of a democratic society. It is important for Congress to provide and guide increased aid to support conflict resolution, humanitarian relief, economic and democratic reform, and respect for human rights in the region.

It is clear that the U.S. can no longer abide by its current policy toward the region--one that emphasizes a stand back and watch approach. Economic prosperity, the growth of democracy, and the establishment of the rule of law in the Silk Road states is essential for regional stability and US national security. The US must actively engage this region--both economically and politically.

  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: Member of the Silk Road Congressional Caucus
  • Headline 2: Co-chair of the Silk Road Congressional Caucus

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Democrats participating in 07-SRC0

Gary Ackerman s2cNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Marion Berry s1mArkansas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Joseph Crowley s1mNew York Democrat 
Lloyd Doggett s1mTexas Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1mNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Mary Landrieu s2cLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Jim McDermott s1mWashington Democrat 
Donald Payne s1mNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Brad Sherman s1mCalifornia Democrat 
Robert Wexler s1mFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
Albert Wynn s1mMaryland Democrat (Unseated 2008) 

Republicans participating in 07-SRC0

Robert Bennett s1mUT Former Republican Senator 
Judy Biggert s1mIllinois Republican 
Sam Brownback s2cKS Republican Governor 
Phil English s1mPennsylvania Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Mark Kirk s1mIL Republican Jr Senator 
Joe Knollenberg s1mMichigan Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Mike Pence s1mIN Republican Governor 
Pete Sessions s1mTexas Republican 
Mark Souder s1mIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Tom Tancredo s1mCO Republican Gubernatorial Challenger 
Todd Tiahrt s1mKansas Republican (until 2010) 

Independents participating in 07-SRC0

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 11
Republicans: 11
Independents: 0

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