WASHINGTON–D.C.–Congressman Adam B. Schiff announced he has been appointed to serve on the House International Relations Committee by the Democratic Caucus Steering Committee. Members of Congress are assigned to serve on two committees–and a second assignment is pending for Congressman Schiff.
The House International Relations Committee has jurisdiction over all aspects of U.S. relations with foreign countries; relations with the American Red Cross–United Nations Organizations and international financial and monetary organizations; international human rights issues; international education; foreign loans; the U.S. diplomatic service; export controls–including nonproliferation of nuclear technology and hardware; and protecting U.S. interests and citizens abroad–including measures to foster world trade–and international cooperation agreemen’s. A committee of broad concern–the International Relations Committee also has jurisdiction over intervention abroad and declarations of war.
"Serving on the House International Relations Committee was one of my top priorities and I look forward to supporting efforts to foster international trade and commerce–to increase respect for human rights and to strengthen American interests abroad. Membership on the International Relations Committee will also give me the opportunity to champion issues I have worked on aggressively in the past–such as an end to runaway production in the film industry and official U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide," said Congressman Schiff.
California’s 27th Congressional District is a center of the entertainment and high-tech industries–which are among the region’s largest employers and can be strongly affected by international trade and financial issues. The district is also home to a thriving community of Armenian Americans–representing the highest concentration of people of Armenian descent outside of Armenia.
"We are very proud of Congressman Schiff for having fought for and secured a seat on the influential International Relations Committee–where he will be on the front lines of our community’s efforts to secure official recognition of the Armenian Genocide–strengthen Armenia–and defend Nagorno Karabakh," said ANC Glendale Chairman Artin Manoukian. "His efforts to serve on this important Committee reflects his enduring commitment to his Armenian American constituents."
The 27th Congressional District of California includes Glendale–Burbank–Pasadena–South Pasadena–San Marino–La Canada-Flintridge–Sunland-Tujunga and the unincorporated communities of La Crescenta and Altadena.