U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) will serve as Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Agencies for the 115th Congress. Rogers was tapped as the congressional international ambassador after making historic strides as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee over the last six years.
"I count it a great honor to help lead our national security, international diplomacy and work hand-in-hand with our nation's allies to fight terrorism around the world," said Chairman Rogers. "With such intense turmoil overseas, it is vitally important that the United States maintain unwavering global leadership, while working tirelessly to protect our diplomats and promote democracy across the globe."
The Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations is tasked with protecting American embassies and consulates, supporting security for U.S. allies, prioritizing life-saving health and human aid around the world, and addressing health threats overseas before they reach American soil.
The Subcommittee also funds international narcotics control and law enforcement activities, as well as antiterrorism programs and peacekeeping operations.
As Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee from 2011 to 2016, Rogers reinvigorated regular order within the appropriations process, enhanced oversight and transparency, and restored fiscal discipline. Over the last six years, the House Appropriations Committee cut spending by $126 billion, considered 2122 amendments to appropriations bills on the House floor and conducted 650 oversight hearings. Rogers turned over the gavel to newly appointed Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen for the 115th Congress.
"Chairman Frelinghuysen and I have worked side-by-side on the Appropriations Committee for more than 20 years. He is a proven leader for fiscal responsibility and transparency, and it is with great confidence that I hand over the gavel to my friend and colleague from New Jersey," said Rogers. "Chairman Frelinghuysen has played a key role in restoring fiscal discipline to the appropriations process and will serve as a trustworthy leader at the helm of the nation's purse strings in the new Congress."
For a full list of accomplishments, visit halrogers.house.gov.