Committees and Caucuses
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Congressman Rohrabacher is a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats and is a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is a fierce advocate for human rights, enhancing America's competitiveness in international trade, and believes a robust foreign policy is essential to U.S. national security.
As one of the committee's most outspoken advocates for human rights and democracy around the world, he has criticized numerous tyrannical regimes and radical Islamic terrorism, and offered legislation to punish those regimes and help persecuted people groups. For example, the Congressman introduced the Save Christians from Genocide Act in both the 114th and 115th Congresses. This bill would recognize that the Christians and Yazidis of Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Iran and Libya, have long been targets of genocide and provide for an expedited visa processing for these individuals applying for refugee status in the United States.
Congressman Rohrabacher has long been critical of state sponsors of terrorism, including the governments of Iran and Pakistan, and has offered legislation and resolutions to reprimand them for their actions. He opposes giving foreign aid to Pakistan, and opposed the Iran nuclear deal because he does not believe the Iranian regime can be trusted to fulfill its promises. Mr. Rohrabacher also believes in building strong relationships with nations who will assist us in stabilizing the Middle East and opposing radical Islamic terrorism. An example of this is his work with President el-Sisi of Egypt. The Congressman is a co-chair of the House Egypt Caucus.
Congressman Rohrabacher believes that the preeminent threat to our national security is radical Islamic terrorism and an increasingly hostile communist China, which is daily spreading its influence in Southeast Asia. He will continue to work on these issues, and others, in his capacity as a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
House Committee on Science and Technology
Congressman Rohrabacher serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, as he has during his entire tenure in the House of Representatives. He is passionate about scientific research, space exploration, and technological development, and the role they play in maintaining American innovation and competitiveness.
He currently sits on three subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Energy, the Subcommittee on Environment, and the Subcommittee on Space. Mr. Rohrabacher previously served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics for eight years. During Mr. Rohrabacher’s chairmanship, the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics produced several important pieces of legislation which were enacted in to law, including the Commercial Space Act of 1998, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2000, and the Commercial Space Transportation Competitiveness Act of 2000, and the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004. These measures created the foundation for America to continue to lead the world in space exploration and development in the 21st century. These laws created a framework that is still enabling the discovery of new knowledge, creating prosperity, and ensuring our security.
The Congressman's work on the Science Committee expands to other areas as well. After the watershed election of 1994, Congressman Rohrabacher became Chairman of the Science Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Environment (E&E). Under his leadership, the E&E subcommittee increased funding authority for solar and oceans research; stopped the use of government research and development funds for "marketing" commercial products; and successfully reduced wasteful bureaucracy and corporate welfare. In fact, Rohrabacher and the subcommittee reauthorized all the critical elements of the Department of Energy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), while reducing spending at these agencies by 13 percent, saving Americans billions of dollars.
Congressman Rohrabacher believes that science, space, and technology are America’s keys that open the door to its future prosperity, and he continues to fight for policy that maintains and strengthens our leadership in these critical areas.