Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
Chairman Connie Mack (R-FL)
As Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Mr. Mack works to promote freedom and stability in the region by calling attention to threats, injustices, and opportunities for cooperation throughout the hemisphere. Chairman Mack is a staunch opponent of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and his corrosive influence as seen in Chavez’s Bolivarian Alliance. He is a strong supporter of mutual prosperity initiatives like the free trade agreements with Panama and Colombia and efforts to preserve democratic governance, free speech, and freedom of the press. Chairman Mack believes foreign policy in Latin America should be based on shared values and the pillars of freedom, security, and prosperity.
- Matters affecting the political relations between the United States and other countries and regions, including resolutions or other legislative measures directed to such relations.
- Legislation with respect to disaster assistance outside the Foreign Assistance Act, boundary issues, and international claims.
- Legislation with respect to region- or country-specific loans or other financial relations outside the Foreign Assistance Act.
- Legislation and oversight regarding human rights practices in particular countries.
- Oversight of regional lending institutions.
- Oversight of matters related to the regional activities of the United Nations, of its affiliated agencies, and of other multilateral institutions.
- Identification and development of options for meeting future problems and issues relating to U.S. interests in the region.
- Oversight of base rights and other facilities access agreements and regional security pacts.
- Concurrent oversight jurisdiction with respect to matters assigned to the functional subcommittees insofar as they may affect the region.
- Oversight of foreign assistance activities affecting the region, with the concurrence of the Chairman of the Full Committee.
- Such other matters as the Chairman of the Full Committee may determine.