During his recent visit to the islands of Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten, Ambassador Hoekstra discussed including the islands in the work of the Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands. Ambassador Hoekstra was a founding chairman of the caucus during his time in the U.S. Congress as the Representative for Michigan’s Second District.
This week Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-2) announced the formal name change of the Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands to the Congressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Under this expansion, the Caucus will include discussions involving the islands of Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten as part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Congressman Huizenga now serves as the Republican co-chair of the “Dutch Caucus” with Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA).
“The United States and the Kingdom of the Netherlands have shared robust economic, security, and cultural ties for centuries,” said Chairman Huizenga. “In that time, Congressional relationships with our allies across the Atlantic have played an important role in strengthening the ties between our two countries. By changing the name of the Caucus to the Congressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands we can develop a more inclusive dialogue that addresses issues concerning Europe while also having discussion to strengthen ties in the Caribbean with the islands of Aruba, Curacao, and St. Maarten.”
Read the press release from Congressman Huizinga’s office here.