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21/11/2011: Ambassador Cuisia Meets Representative Van Hollen of Maryland

Shown in the photo above are (from left to right) Dr. Bambi Lorica, Representative Christopher Van Hollen, Jr., Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., and Mr. Eric Lachica.

21 NOVEMBER 2011, WASHINGTON, DC. Philippine Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. met on November 3, 2011 with Representative Christopher "Chris" Van Hollen, Jr. the Democratic Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district, who has been serving since 2003. The district includes most of Montgomery County, as well as parts of Prince George's County.

Representative Van Hollen appreciated Ambassador Cuisia’s briefing on Philippines-US relations which covered defense and trade cooperation as well as US assistance to the Philippines. Ambassador Cuisia informed the congressman of the visit to the Philippines of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to attend the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Philippine-US Mutual Defense Treaty and push for increased economic activity between both countries. On a conversation on the Save Our Industries Act (H.R. 2387), Representative Van Hollen said that it is important that the U.S. further strengthen its partnership with the Philippines, and that he would take a look at the SAVE Act bill. He noted the support of the Filipino American community and commented that Maryland has a “terrific Filipino American community.” Ambassador Cuisia was accompanied by Filipino American community leaders from Maryland Mr. Eric Lachica and Dr. Bambi Lorica.

Representative Van Hollen is Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Budget and Member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. In 2008, he rose to become one of the youngest leaders of the Democratic Party, and is presently considered by the Washington Post as one of “10 members to watch in the 112th Congress.” END