CONGRESSIONAL OUTREACH SUMMARY

THO Continues to Offer its Resources to House Foreign Affairs Committee Members and Members of Congressional Caucus on U.S. – Turkey Relations

Since its debut in February 2016, THO’s congressional outreach campaign has continued apace. In the last five months, THO staff have met with twenty-six congressional offices. The THO team expressly sought out meetings with members of the Foreign Affairs Committee to connect with legislators most interested in international affairs. This included meetings with offices of congressmen and congresswomen on the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee; Rep. Chabot (R-OH), Rep. Issa (R-CA), Rep. De Santis Office (R-FL), Rep. Meadows (R-NC), Rep. Cook (R-CA), Rep. Donovan (R-NY), Rep. Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Cicilline  (D-RI), Rep. Boyle (D-PA), Rep. Schneider (D-IL), Rep. Kinzinger (R-IL), Rep. Mast (R-FL), Rep. Frankel (D-FL), Rep. Suozzi (D-NY), Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Rep. Gabbard (D-HI). Staff also met with the offices of several members from the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee; Chairman Rep. Rohrabacher (R-CA), Rep. Poe (R-TX), Rep. Marino (R-PA), Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Rep. Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Sherman (D-CA), Rep. Sires (D-NJ), Rep. Keating (D-MA), Rep. Kelly (D-IL), and Rep. Rooney (R-FL).
            
In addition to introducing THO to Congressional offices and offering independent resources on U.S – Turkey relations and encouraging members to join the Congressional Caucus on U.S. – Turkey relations and Turkish Americans, outreach also aims to build THO’s Congressional staffer network. As part of this outreach, on Monday, May 15, THO and the Syrian American Council (SAC) hosted a joint luncheon briefing for staffers titled “U.S. Foreign Policy in Syria: Regional and Strategic Challenges.” The briefing featured three distinguished speakers. 
Thus far, THO’s Congressional outreach, which began in February 2016, has reached out to 50 Congressional and Senatorial offices. Currently, 143 members of the 114th Congress (139 House, 4 Senate) are members of the Caucus on U.S. – Turkey relations. 16 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which consists of 47 members, is a member of the Congressional Caucus on U.S. – Turkey relations and Turkish Americans.