Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Matt Salmon Appointed as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere



Washington—Today, Representative Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced his appointment as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. Salmon returns to the Committee after serving three previous terms during the 104th to 107th Congresses. He released the following statement on his appointment.

“It is an honor to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee. I look forward to working with Chairman Royce to address the many international issues facing our nation, particularly issues within our own hemisphere. From politically unstable nations to the complex challenges of drug cartels, there are a range of issues for our Subcommittee to tackle. Our hemispheric neighbors need to know that we are strong business and trading partners for our allies and that we seek stronger relations with them as the world community continues to shrink. I am eager to get to work.”—Chairman Matt Salmon, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

Chairman Ed Royce (CA-40) released the following statement regarding Rep. Salmon’s appointment:

“Rep. Salmon’s background and expertise will be very valuable as the Committee on Foreign Affairs tackles some of the gravest threats facing our nation – stopping Iran’s march to nuclear weapons, combating terrorism, and pressuring North Korea,” said Royce. “The Committee will be working to increase our economic competitiveness, and I look forward to working with Rep. Salmon, the incoming Chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, on these issues.” –Chairman Ed Royce (CA-40)

The Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere has jurisdiction over of the following areas:

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.

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