WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, was elected to chair the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. Upon her appointment, she issued the following statement:
“Congress has an important role to play in foreign policy across the continent of Africa and I am honored to serve as Chair of this subcommittee. I look forward to continuing our bipartisan work especially in the areas of human rights, democracy, rule of law, and economic development. I am also particularly interested in finding ways to strengthen US-Africa economic relations.
“Given the broad jurisdiction of the subcommittee, as Chair, I also intend to focus on the impact of climate change; international humanitarian standards for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers; and U.S. military engagement across Africa. I look forward to hearing from and partnering with African nations as we develop legislation to strengthen U.S. Africa engagement.”