2018 British American Parliamentary Group (BAPG) – A Project for the United Kingdom

BAPG participants visit the U.S. Department of State while in Washington, DC

The 2018 visit of the British American Parliamentary Group (BAPG) welcomed three Labour Party Members of Parliament (MP) and three Conservative Party MPs to the U.S. for an engaging professional exchange. The week-long program emphasized the shared history and long-lasting relationship between the U.S. and United Kingdom (U.K.).

The six participating MPs included Darren Jones, Stephanie Peacock, and Matt Western, of the Labour Party, and Jack Brereton, David Duguid, and Damien Moore of the Conservative Party.

A highlight of the week was the opportunity to embark on individual constituency visits with the following Congressional members:

The MPs began their program in Washington, DC, with a briefing on U.S. federalism, lunch with representatives from the U.S. Department of State, and a discussion with Robert Faucher, Director of the Office of Western European Affairs, on U.S. political affairs in NATO, the EU, and in relation to ‘Brexit.’ The MPs continued this insightful conversation later in the day with officials at the State Department.

The following day, the MPs joined the Deputy Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Tathum, for breakfast at his private residence, where they discussed the Embassy’s relations with Congress and U.K. trade relations across the country. The MPs then had a meeting at the Department of Defense to discuss issues that face both nations and NATO, followed by lunch with representatives from the Meridian Corporate Council, an event sponsored by the Hess Corporation, during which they discussed the future and importance of U.S.-U.K. trade relations in the wake of “Brexit.” Later, the MPs joined a reception at the Rayburn House Office Building with members of the Congressional U.K. Caucus, including Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Rep. George Holding of North Carolina, and Rep. Derek Kilmer of Washington, along with officials from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Their evening concluded with a special tour of the U.S. Capitol Building with Rep. Juan Vargas of California.

Meridian Corporate Council, in partnership with the Hess Corporation, hosted the British MPs for a lunch with global business leaders to discuss outlook for economic affairs post-Brexit

While still in the District, the MPs spent a day on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Congress. Participating representatives included Sen. John Boozman (Republican—Arkansas), Rep. Henry Cuellar (Democrat—Texas, 28th District), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (Republican—Wisconsin, 5th District), Rep. Eliot L. Engel (Democrat—New York, 16th District), Rep. Bill Keating (Democrat—Massachusetts, 9th District), and Rep. Joe Wilson (Republican—South Carolina, 2nd District). They also had a tour of the White House to culminate their Washington, DC visit.

British MPs on the BAPG project attend a reception on Capitol Hill with Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the State Department

The MPs were split individually for shadowing Congressional hosts from Albany, New York; Huntsville, Alabama; Globe, Arizona; Prescott, Arizona; and Oshkosh, Wisconsin, respectively. These visits gaive the MPs in-depth perspectives on immigration, agriculture, and economic development across the U.S. Activities of note included the Royal Air Force’s 100th Anniversary at the Oshkosh Air Show, a Cattleman’s picnic in Prescott, and a Minor League Baseball game in Albany.

Following an exciting weekend, the program closed on July 30 in Boston, MA. Professional appointments included a visit with President of Massachusetts’ State Senate, Senator Karen Spilka; faculty of Harvard University’s, Kennedy School of Government: Taubman Center for State and Local Governance; and Mary Truong, Executive Director of Massachusetts’ Office for Refugees and Immigrants.

Sponsors

International Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State

Project summary

2018 British American Parliamentary Group (BAPG) – A Project for the United Kingdom | July 2018
Number of Visitors: 6
Regions: Europe and Eurasia
Countries: United Kingdom
Impact Areas: Business and Trade, Foreign Policy, Governance and Transparency
Program Areas: Exchanges
Partners: Public Sector, Private Sector, NGOs