USA Engage Annual Lunch with Chuck Hagel and Earl Blumenauer

Date: 6/25/08

USA*Engage will host its Annual Lunch honoring Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Representative Earl Blumenauer of Portland, Oregon for their support of diplomacy, international trade and U.S. global engagement.  The lunch will be held at the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  A formal announcement will follow.
Senator Hagel has long been a strong supporter of U.S. global engagement and free trade.  He has also been a consistent champion of diplomacy.  In a 2007 letter, Senator Hagel called on President Bush to “offer direct, unconditional and comprehensive talks on Iran.”  Senator Hagel has also cosponsored efforts to reform the way in which U.S. sanctions are administered.
Congressman Blumenauer has voted against new unilateral U.S. sanctions efforts against Cuba and Iran and has sought to promote humanitarian engagement abroad.  As a new member of the House Ways and Means Committee, he has been a strong supporter of a bipartisan trade policy and voted in favor of the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement.  Congressman Blumenauer wrote that the Peru agreement “was a groundbreaking agreement that helps workers in Oregon and Peru, protects the environment and strengthens our economy.”
I hope you will join us for lunch. More to come.