Challenges to Democracy in the Western Hemisphere, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, September 10, 2013   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the September 10, 2013 hearing on "Challenges to Democracy" held before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. From the opening statement of Matt Salmon: "I'd like to thank my colleagues for joining me and convening in the important hearing where we have the opportunity to take a close look at the challenges to freedom and democracy that exist through the Western Hemisphere. Since the beginning of this Congress, we have focused our attention in this subcommittee on the growth and opportunity that exist throughout the region. I've long believed that the most effective way for the US to bring freedom and democracy to people around the world, is to promote principles of economic freedom, entrepreneurship, and free trade. An liberalize economic system where citizens are empowered to innovate, pursue their dreams, and decide how best to provide for their families, that's the best recipe for strengthening democratic institutions and the rule of law. Unfortunately, the Western Hemisphere is a home to several leaders intent on stifling economic growth and freedom and eroding democratic institution and values. The erosion of democracy in Latin America is best described as 'authoritarianism' masked by progressive rhetoric that, ironically, claims loyalty to democratic values." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Matt Salmon, Ed Royce, Alvaro Uribe Velez, Hector E. Schamis, Carlos Lauria, and Cynthia J. Arnson.

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