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Price, Buchanan to Lead Bipartisan House Democracy Partnership

February 14, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC (February 13, 2019) – Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy named Chairman David Price (D-NC) and Co-Chair Vern Buchanan (R-FL) to lead the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) for the 116th Congress.  HDP is a bipartisan, twenty-member commission of the U.S. House of Representatives that works directly with the legislatures of partner countries around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislative institutions. The Partnership is assisted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

“Our country has an important stake in the struggles and successes of emerging democracies around the world,” said Chairman David Price. “Democracy is about more than holding free and fair elections – it is about what happens between elections to provide a voice for the people in the legislative process.  As I resume the Chair of the bipartisan House Democracy Partnership, I look forward to working with my Republican Co-Chair, Vern Buchanan, and with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support parliaments across the world as they build responsive and effective democratic institutions.”

“With rising authoritarianism and extremism threatening emerging democracies, it is in our strategic interests to assist these nations,” Co-Chair Buchanan said. “I look forward to working with Chairman Price and our bipartisan colleagues on the HDP to strengthen the democratic institutions of these nations.”

“The appointment of Congressmen David Price and Vern Buchanan as co-chairs of the bipartisan House Democracy Partnership (HDP) is excellent news," said Derek Mitchell, NDI's President.  "At a time when HDP’s bipartisan mission to strengthen democratic legislatures around the world is more important than ever, HDP is fortunate to benefit from the experienced leadership and commitment of Congressman Price, who has been a part of HDP leadership since its founding in 2005, and Congressman Buchanan, who joined HDP when he was first elected to Congress in 2007.  Together with our partners at IRI and USAID, NDI is honored to continue to support the work of HDP in the 116th Congress.”  

“The International Republican Institute congratulates Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) on his selection as co-chair of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP),” said Dr. Daniel Twining, President of IRI.  “HDP is a vital commission of the U.S. Congress, and we are confident that under Mr. Buchanan’s and Mr. Price’s leadership it will continue to serve as an effective tool of U.S. engagement with foreign parliaments and a partner in the development of strong, responsive legislatures.”

Authorized on March 14, 2005 as the House Democracy Assistance Commission, the mission of the House Democracy Partnership is to promote responsive, effective government and strengthen democratic institutions by assisting legislatures in emerging democracies. Central to its work is peer-to-peer cooperation to build expertise in partner legislatures that will enhance accountability, transparency, legislative independence, access to information, and government oversight. HDP was reauthorized for the 116th Congress as part of the House Rules package adopted on January 3rd.