Since representative Gregory Meeks In January he took over the chairmanship of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was a busy man. The committee has dealt with major global issues and done big things for the first few months since the New York Democrat took over the leadership of the historically influential body. In March, for example, Meeks chaired the committee approving the California Democrat Barbara Lee’s resolution Revocation of the 2002 Use of Military Force Permit (AUMF).
“The 2002 repeal of the AUMF, which authorized the use of force against a nation we no longer wage war with, is long overdue,” says Meeks. “The AUMF from 2002 is no longer required for current military operations. Leaving an unneeded AUMF on the books just leaves the door open for future administrations to take action without involving Congress. Congress can no longer relinquish its constitutional responsibility for decisions on war and peace issues, and the repeal of the 2002 AUMF is just one of several steps Congress must take to regain its Article 1 authority. ”
At the heart of the work to affirm the foreign policy role of Congress is an active agenda of the committee and its subcommittees that keeps an eye on the world and all related issues. The executive branch, through the State Department and other cabinet agencies, as well as the White House, is always able to dominate discussions on world affairs. Congress, especially the House, must take its place in all debates that take place.
Meeks and his colleagues will be doing a lot of this in April. Here are a few of them their agenda for the month:
- April 8 at 5:00 p.m., ET: The Tom Lantos Committee and Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) will convene their members for a round table entitled “The Dissident: A Conversation on Human Rights and Accountability”.
- April 14 at 10:00 a.m., ET: The Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civil Security, Migration and International Economic Policy will meet for a hybrid hearing entitled “Renewing United States Commitment to Address the Main Causes of Migration from Central America”.
- April 15 at 10:00 a.m., ET: The Middle East, North Africa and Global Counter-Terrorism Subcommittee is convened for a virtual hearing entitled “Ten Years of War: Investigating the Persistent Conflict in Syria”.
- April 16 at 10:00 a.m., ET: The Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impacts will convene for a hybrid hearing entitled “Innovation in Development: Maximizing Impact and Results”.
- April 19 at 4:00 p.m., ET: The subcommittee on Europe, Energy, Environment and Cyber will convene its members for a briefing entitled “Cyber 101”.
- April 20 at 11:30 a.m., ET: The Asia, Pacific, Central Asia and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will convene HFAC members for a briefing on China.
- April 20 at 1:00 p.m., ET: The Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, Environment and Cyber will convene for a virtual hearing entitled “Restoring the Transatlantic Dialogue: A Series on the Global Fight against Climate Change”.
- April 21 at 10:00 a.m., ET: The Middle East, North Africa and Global Counter-Terrorism Subcommittee will meet for a virtual hearing entitled “The Yemen Crisis: Part 2”.
- April 22nd at 10:00 am, ET: The committee will convene HFAC members for a briefing on Afghanistan.
- April 27 at 2:00 p.m., ET: The Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights will meet for a virtual hearing entitled “The Impacts of Climate Change in Africa”.
- April 28 at 11:30 p.m., ET: The committee will convene HFAC members for a briefing entitled “Restoring US Diplomacy and the State Department: A Conversation with Former Secretaries.”
- April 28 at 2 p.m., ET: The Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civil Security, Migration and International Economic Policy will convene HFAC members for a briefing on Mexico.
Many of these events can be viewed on the committee’s website and on the YouTube page. Listen Here.