|AHF Meets with Congressman Andy Harris|
12/19/2017 - On December 19, 2017, representatives of the American Hungarian Federation (AHF) met with U.S. Congressman Andy Harris, co-chair of the Hungarian Congressional Caucus, and his legislative director, Timothy Daniels, Esq. to discuss matters of mutual interest to AHF and the Caucus.
The discussion focused on AHF's recent letter to Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell objecting to a funding proposal by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of $700,000 of U.S. taxpayers money to private groups in Hungary to establish a media resource to counter what the State Department contends is one-sided press coverage of Hungary's government and policies. Congressman Harris agreed with AHF's concerns that the funding proposal is unwarranted and inappropriate and will also look into the matter. Congressman Harris, who is of Hungarian descent, is a long time friend and ally of the Federation.
AHF representatives attending the meeting were Paul Kamenar AHF's General Counsel and member of AHF's International Relations Committee (IRC), and Dr. Imre Nemeth, AHF Vice-President and member of IRC.
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