WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, issued the following statement following a meeting between members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) joined Chair Jayapal in the meeting.

“It was an honor to meet with President Lula da Silva this morning, whose election has given hope to democratic and progressive movements around the world. We had a productive discussion on our shared commitments to environmental, social, and economic justice. We also discussed opportunities to deepen U.S.-Brazilian cooperation in the fight against authoritarianism, strengthen relationships between legislators of the two countries, and a shared agenda for economic justice and freedom that can combat the appeals of right-wing extremism. We thank him for taking time out of his visit to the United States to meet with members of the Progressive Caucus, and look forward to collaborating closely on our shared priorities and values in the future.”