Washington, D.C. — Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement responding to Secretary Pompeo’s announcement that the United States would no longer recognize Israeli settlements in the West Bank as a violation of international law.

“At every opportunity, the Trump Administration has positioned itself as an obstacle to peace in the Middle East. Yesterday’s announcement reverses decades-long U.S. policy and ignores international law. It also further undermines our credibility in the region and pushes peace even further out of grasp.

“Diplomacy is the only path to peace. As the Trump Administration continues to escalate tensions, it is more critical than ever for Congress to speak out against illegal annexation and fight for a negotiated, two-state solution.

“Earlier this year, we urged House Democratic leadership to hold a vote on Congressman Lowenthal’s congressional resolution committing the U.S. government to pursuing a two-state solution in the Middle East. Given the latest provocations from the Trump Administration, we cannot afford any further delay. Congress should vote on this legislation immediately and reaffirm our commitment to protecting diplomacy and human rights in the region.”