In an increasingly global world, the work of foreign affairs has become more and more relevant for constituents of New York's 25th District. From uprisings in the Middle East to the development of the new nation of South Sudan, current events around the globe are profoundly important both to the United States and specifically to the 25th District.
I am proud to serve on the House Foreign Affairs committee, where Congress debates the crucial issues facing our nation in an international context. I am the Vice Chairman of the subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, and a member of the subcommittees on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights and Middle East and South Asia.
I also have the honor of serving as a Congressional Representative to the United Nations. The United Nations is a well-conceived organization that has the opportunity to improve international dialogue and work toward peace. With the right direction, I believe that the United Nations can be a great force for good.
It is essential that the United States embrace a strong, but measured role in the world. Countries around the globe depend on America, for both aid and protection. The United States must continue to have a dominant position in world affairs, while remembering that domestic strength is a prerequisite for international strength.