Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, January 27, 2005

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Hyde Announces Subcommittee Chairs
Panel on Oversight and Investigations Formed

  (WASHINGTON) - U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), chairman of the House International Relations Committee, announced a reorganization of the Committee on Thursday, including creation of a Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Hyde also announced that the committee will convene on Wednesday, February 2, for its formal organizational meeting to adopt Committee rules for the 109th Congress and approve a two-year oversight plan.

Among the Committee’s priorities in the 109th will be its continuing investigation of the growing corruption scandal engulfing the United Nations and proposals to reform U.S. participation in the world forum. Hyde said today that the subcommittee will be led by U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

Hyde also named U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA) chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe with an expanded jurisdiction that includes tracking of emerging threats in the world. “Mr. Gallegly’s experience on this Committee and his membership on the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees make him a key player in spearheading this Committee’s relationship with some of America’s most vital strategic allies and the challenges that we face together in a dangerous world,” Hyde said.

Hyde also tapped U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ) to chair the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations. "Under Chris Smith’s leadership, the former Human Rights and International Operations Subcommittee was a powerhouse subcommittee producing major legislative initiatives including the first ever anti-trafficking legislation, embassy security upgrades and critical reforms to the State Department. Joining these comprehensive jurisdictions with authority for the important continent of Africa gives this subcommittee significant latitude to chart, reform and reshape foreign policy initiatives,” Hyde said.

Hyde also announced the reappointment of U.S. Rep. Jim Leach (R-IA) as chair of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) as chair of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.

Also on Thursday, Hyde named U.S. Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere; and U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.

 

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