Gardner Takes Over Key Subcommittee focused on East Asia and Cybersecurity
Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has been named the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. This subcommittee considers all matters related to U.S. relations with countries and regional organizations in East Asia and the Pacific, including key U.S. allies Australia, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea; the increasingly influential China; as well as 26 other nations stretching from New Zealand to Burma. The subcommittee also has jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to cybersecurity, a key U.S. national security concern.
“It is a great honor and a tremendous responsibility to chair this subcommittee,” Gardner said. “As Chairman, I will prioritize strengthening our alliances in the region, promoting trade agreements that benefit U.S. and Colorado economies, and protecting U.S. national security interests in the face of regional threats.
“This is an important moment for U.S. economic interests in the region. The United States and 11 other nations are on the brink of completing negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a historic pan-regional free trade agreement that will solidify U.S. leadership in the region and significantly boost U.S. exports. The nations included in the TPP are already the recipients of 48% of Colorado’s exports, and this trade agreement could allow Colorado businesses to further expand their ability to export goods, import supplies, and create jobs here in our nation.
“By opening these markets, we will create new opportunities for America’s entrepreneurs. But we must also be sure that our trading partners play by the rules. As Chairman, one of my foremost responsibilities will be ensuring that trade agreements like TPP are not disadvantaging American businesses.
"From the recent hacking of Sony Pictures to the known threats emanating from the region, we cannot take for granted the cybersecurity of our nation. I look forward to engaging with the U.S. intelligence community, private stakeholders, and our allies to identify and counter the growing cyber threat.
“There is enormous opportunity to advance our national interests through increased cooperation between the U.S. and nations of this region, from economic development to strengthening our national security. I’m excited to take the Chairmanship of this Subcommittee, and excited to get to work.”
Additionally, Senator Gardner has been assigned to the following subcommittees on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
SUBCOMMITTEE ON WESTERN HEMISPHERE, TRANSNATIONAL CRIME, CIVILIAN SECURITY, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND GLOBAL WOMEN’S ISSUES
This subcommittee deals with all matters concerning U.S. relations with the countries of the Western Hemisphere, including Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Cuba, and the other countries in the Caribbean, as well as the Organization of American States.
SUBCOMMITTEE ON EUROPE AND REGIONAL SECURITY COOPERATION
The subcommittee deals with all matters concerning U.S. relations with the countries in Europe and the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and regional intergovernmental organizations like the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (except the states of Central Asia that are within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs). This subcommittee’s regional responsibilities include all matters within the geographic region, including matters relating to: (1) terrorism and non-proliferation; (2) crime and illicit narcotics; (3) U.S. foreign assistance programs; and (4) the promotion of U.S. trade and exports.
SUBCOMMITTEE ON MULTILATERAL INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, MULTILATERAL INSTITUTIONS, AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC, ENERGY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
The subcommittee’s responsibilities include general oversight responsibility for U.S. multilateral international development policy, multilateral foreign assistance, and all U.S. mandatory and voluntary contributions to international organizations and relationship with such entities, including the U.N. and its affiliated agencies. The subcommittee’s responsibilities also include matters related to international monetary policy, including U.S. participation in international financial institutions and trade organizations, U.S. foreign economic policy, including export enhancement and trade promotion, international investment, international trade, protection of intellectual property, and technology transfer, as well as international energy policy and environmental policy, including matters related to the oceans and the Arctic.
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