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Kaine Announces Expanded Regions Of Focus On Foreign Relations Committee & Armed Services Subcommittee Assignments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, announced that he will again serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism as well as join the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity. Kaine previously chaired the Middle East Subcommittee from 2013-2015. He will also continue to serve on the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. On the Senate Armed Services Committee, Kaine will serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support and he will continue to serve on the Seapower Subcommittee. Through these assignments, Kaine will expand his engagement in regions of the world critical to American interests and national security.

“I am honored to serve as the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, as well as join the East Asia Subcommittee. These vital regions, stretching from Morocco to the Pacific Rim, present significant challenges and key opportunities for the United States.” said Kaine. “On the Armed Services Committee, I am honored to continue advocating on behalf of Virginia’s defense community and for policies that allow us to maintain the most powerful military in the world through my roles on the Seapower Subcommittee and as the Ranking Member of the Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee. The work done by the men and women at our public and private shipyards is critical to maintaining our Navy’s strategic presence around the world.”

“Whether it is the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against ISIL, peace between Israel and the Palestinians, dealing with long-term strategic challenges in East Asia, or working with our neighbors on migration issues, continued and consistent U.S. engagement with our allies and partners can and will make the difference. For example, following the Colombian Peace Accords, for the first time in history two continents are free of major conflict. Engagement will be our key to success, as we work to maintain our alliances and promote prosperity throughout the Middle East, Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. I look forward to working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle on these key issues to help secure U.S. national interests and keep Americans safe.”