Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) was appointed to the House International Relations Committee this week.  He remains on the House Armed Services Committee.  

“I am very excited to have been appointed to this committee at this critical time,” said Smith. “I intend to play an active role in the development of our nation’s foreign policy agenda.  Whether we’re talking about trade, military strategy, diplomacy or energy policy, there are very real consequences to the policies we advance and implement overseas.  Americans should – and must – care about foreign relations; we cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the rest of the world.”

“We must work to determine how best to we deal with the international community, and I am excited to be a part of that conversation,” Smith continued.  “I believe that we can build vibrant diplomatic and military alliances that not only improve our nation’s security, but also forge an international consensus for human rights, freedom and democracy.  We can marshal our resources and expertise to reduce poverty, improve health care and provide education to children who represent the best hope for much of the developing world.  We have to make changes in our foreign policy.  We need to be a more positive player on the global stage, and that will require an enormous amount of commitment by both leaders and the American public.  It’s vitally important, and I am looking forward to working on this task in my new position.”

The House International Relations Committee deals with oversight and legislation relating the deployment and use of United States Armed Forces; enforcement of United Nations or other international sanctions; the Agency for International Development; State and Defense Department activities involving arms transfers and sales, and arms export licenses; international law; promotion of democracy; international law enforcement issues, including terrorism and narcotics control programs and activities; and other matters relating to international economic policy and trade.  For a complete description of the Committee’s activities, visit http://www.house.gov/international_relations/.

For the text of a speech outlining Smith’s vision of a modern foreign policy in the post cold-war world, visit
 http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/wa09_smith/021029pr.html.