US Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., has been named the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
“I am honored to chair the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. I’ve always believed that the United States has a duty to lead the world through our example. We have an obligation to confront pressing international issues, build partnerships, and work in a bipartisan manner to strengthen our national security,” the Indian American congressman said in a statement.
“Our subcommittee will have broad jurisdiction to conduct oversight into America’s foreign policy,” Bera added. “Our goal is to hold government accountable, support the mission of our diplomats, and investigate abuses when they occur. Effective oversight is crucial in any foreign policy mission. I look forward to working with Chairman (Eliot) Engel and my Republican colleagues to strengthen our global leadership and make government work more effectively and efficiently for the American people.”
The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is a standing subcommittee within the House Foreign Affairs Committee. It was previously known as the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight. Human Rights issues are now under the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights.
The subcommittee is one of two primary subcommittees with what the committee calls functional jurisdiction. The functional jurisdiction of the subcommittee allows providing oversight and conduct investigations or any and all matters within the jurisdiction of the full committee, with the concurrence of the chairman.
In addition to the subcommittee he will chair, Bera was also named as vice chair of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, the committee said.