Soon: Foreign affairs committee assignments

John Kerry, currently head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is said to be giving up his seat this year. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, meanwhile, is forced by term limits to give up leadership of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Photo by: US Embassy Kabul Afghanistan / CC BY-ND and House Committee on Foreign Affairs / CC BY-NC

While speculation on succeeding leaders of the two congressional committees that have jurisdiction over U.S. foreign aid continues, Devex finds that decisions will likely be made only in early December.

A staff member from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member Senator Richard Lugar disclosed that appointments might not be on the table until after the Thanksgiving holiday, but will be talked about in “early December, at the earliest.”

The same is true with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. A short conversation with one of its officers revealed that while the committee is scheduled to have a meeting on Nov. 30, updates on assignments are “not expected until the second week of December.” The process in which the leadership decides on the members to serve the committee “takes a little while.”

This means more time to lobby for certain leaderships. Who do you think fits the bill?

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    Adrienne Valdez

    Adrienne Valdez is a staff writer for Devex, covering breaking international development news for the Development Newswire. Before joining Devex, Adrienne worked as a news correspondent for a public-sector modernization publication.