Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) announced today that he will serve on the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations as well as Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Regarding this placement, Emmer issued the following statement:
“Minnesota proudly boasts one of the country’s highest populations of new African immigrants, many of whom have grave concerns for their home countries and their loved ones still living there. These concerns are why I look forward to be sitting on the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. By serving on this subcommittee, I can provide oversight of U.S. operations to combat Ebola, work with international organizations such as the United Nations and Peace Corps, and craft American policy to improve economic and political relations with the continent that is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies.
“Minnesota is also home to a vibrant Hispanic population which is why I am happy to be serving on the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. I also look forward to building and strengthening our ties with our Canadian neighbor to the North. Through this subcommittee, I will be able to provide oversight to all foreign assistance to the region and craft U.S. policy to deal with humanitarian crises, foreign agriculture and trade, and have regular meetings with foreign Ambassadors and dignitaries.”
The Foreign Affairs Committee oversees legislation regarding international aid, the United Nations, as well as the State Department.