(CNSNews.com) – On Jan. 6, the United States Embassy in Switzerland released the list of the 2023 U.S. delegation attending the World Economic Forum (WEF), which includes 11 current members of Congress. The annual WEF meeting will take place in Davos, Switzerland Jan. 16-20.
Among the 11 members, three are Senators, while eight are Members of the House of Representatives. Nine of the 11 are Democrats, and two are Republicans.
The 2023 delegation includes the following three senators:
– Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.);
– Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.);
– Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va,).
Additionally, the following eight Members of the House of Representatives have been selected to be part of the U.S. delegation:
– Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.);
– Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Penn.);
– Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.);
– Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.);
– Rep. Seth Moutlon (D-Mass.);
– Rep. Maria Salazar (R-Fla.);
– Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.);
– Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.).
While she is not listed as part of the delegation, Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) is slated to speak at an event entitled “America (Un)Bound” during the conference. Other speakers include members of Congress from the U.S. Delegation, as well as Governors Brian Kemp of Georgia and J.B. Pritzker of Illinois.
According to the press release from the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland, the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, Scott C. Miller, “welcomes the opportunity to advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s agenda with world leaders and underscore America’s commitment to promoting democratic values and economic prosperity.”
The 11 lawmakers in the delegation are incumbents, having served at least one term prior to their current term.
CNS News.com reached out to the members who will be attending to ask what each member hopes to accomplish during his or her trip to Davos.
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.) was listed as part of the U.S. delegation in the embassy press release. However, a spokesman for Gallagher told CNS News that “he was invited but he is not going,” adding that “he is staying back to continue setting up a Select Committee on the CCP work, including an aggressive committee hearing schedule.”
A spokesman for Rep. Maria Salazar shared the following statement with CNS News:
“Rep. Salazar was invited was invited to participate in a bipartisan congressional delegation to this year’s World Economic Forum to ensure American interests are protected. As the representative of the City of Miami, the gateway to the Americas, she will highlight American exceptionalism and opportunities available under a free-market economy.”
Among the members who will be part of the delegation, Rep. Darrell Issa is the only one to have released a public statement about the upcoming trip. In a Jan. 11 press release, Issa made it clear that he does not approve of the WEF’s policy preferences in recent years, “from crippling COVID lockdowns, to climate extremism, to exacerbating the global energy crisis, to the manifest dangers of the Chinese Communist Party.”
Issa states that his reasoning for going is to “take the message of American Exceptionalism everywhere it needs to be heard.”
“No conservative should be unwilling to go where progressive activists, world leaders, and the mainstream media are gathered and tell them when they are wrong,” he added.
In addition to his press release, Issa’s communications director told CNS News.com that “anyone who thinks Darrell Issa would go overseas and not have America’s back doesn’t know him at all.”
Senators Coons, Cantwell, and Manchin, along with Reps. Castro, Meeks, Sherrill, and Vargas did not respond to our request for comment.
The offices of Madeleine Dean and Seth Moulton could not be reached.
According to the WEF’s website, next week’s “Annual Meeting will convene leaders from government, business, and civil society to address the state of the world and discuss priorities for the year ahead.”
The World Economic Forum was founded in 1971 as a forum that “engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”
According to it’s website, the 2023 forum will focus on the following 5 actions:
- “addressing the current energy and food crises in the context of a new system for energy, climate, and nature”
- “addressing the current high inflation, low growth, high debt economy in the context of a new system for investment, trade and infrastructure”
- “addressing the current industry headwinds in the context of a new system for harnessing frontier technologies for private sector innovation and resilience”
- “addressing the current social vulnerabilities in the context of a new system for work, skills and care”
- “addressing the current geopolitical risks in the context of a new system for dialogue and cooperation in a multipolar world.”
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