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  • 1. House Committee of Foreign Affairs Riva England P1
  • 2. House Committee of Foreign Affairs
    • 49 members
    • Deals with the external affairs of the U.S.
  • 3. History
    • Started November 29, 1775
    • Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Johnson, Jr., John Dickinson, and John Jay
    • Deal with war here and afar
  • 4. Chairman Howard L. Berman
    • Born: Los Angeles, CA
    • Lawyer(Labor Relations)
    • 1973-elected to California State Assembly
    • 1982-Elected to Congress
    • Aggressive and Creative, good at bipartisan coalitions
  • 5. Subcommittees
    • Africa and Global Health
    • Asia, Pacific, Global Environment
    • Int’l Organizations, Human Rights, Oversight
    • Middle East, South Asia
    • Terrorism, Nonproliferation, Trade
    • Western Hemisphere
  • 6. Jurisdiction
    • 1. Relations of the United States with foreign nations generally.
    • 2. Acquisition of land and buildings for embassies and legations in foreign countries.
    • 3. Establishment of boundary lines between the United States and foreign nations. 4. Export controls, including nonproliferation of nuclear technology and nuclear hardware.
    • 5. Foreign loans.
    • 6. International commodity agreements (other than those involving sugar), including all agreements for cooperation in the export of nuclear technology and nuclear hardware.
    • 7. International conferences and congresses.
    • 8. International education.
    • 9. Intervention abroad and declarations of war.
    • 10. Diplomatic service.
    • 11. Measures to foster commercial intercourse with foreign nations and to safeguard American business abroad.
    • 12. International economic policy. 13. Neutrality.
    • 14. Protection of American citizens abroad and expatriation.
    • 15. The American National Red Cross.
    • 16. Trading with the enemy.
    • 17. United Nations organizations.
  • 7. Priority Oversight Matters
    • Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Cuba
    • China, India
    • Sudan, Bosnia, Myanmar
    • Trafficking, black markets, WMDs
    • AIDs, Epidemics
    • Global Warming
  • 8. Recent Matters
    • Affair of Kosovo and Serbia, response
    • Berman, 3/12/08- Serbian minority should be allowed to thrive in the newly independent Kosovo
  • 9.
    • China/Tibet issue
    • Berman, 3/17/08- condemned violence employed in Tibet towards demonstrators/ Tibet citizens, avoidable
  • 10.
    • Global Leadership Against AIDS, TB, and Malaria Act
    • Approved 308 to 116
    • Helps victims, advocates prevention, cares for orphans
    • Helps to repair U.S. reputation overseas as well, said Berman
  • 11.