Congressman Rohrabacher Tapped as Chairman of Subcommittee on International Oversight and Investigations

Jan 27, 2005
Press Release

Washington, Jan 27, 2005 - ((Washington, D.C.) Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) thanked House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry Hyde for nominating him today to be Chairman of the Committee’s newly formed Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The new subcommittee will have a wide range of jurisdiction over United States international activities.

“As Chairman, one of my first priorities will be a thorough investigation of the U.N. Oil for Food program,” said Rep. Rohrabacher. “For too long, the U.N. has been considered above reproach. Now innocent people have paid the price for corruption and fraud at the U.N.'s highest levels. It appears the U.N. lacks the necessary internal checks and balances for a program that oversees billions of dollars in contracts. If the problems of the U.N. are to be corrected we need to know all the facts about this scandal and an investigation of the program will be the first task of the new subcommittee.”

The U.N. Oil for Food program is currently under investigation in the Senate and an audit recently released by the Office of International Oversight Services showed widespread misconduct in the administration of the program.

In addition to Oil for Food, Chairman Rohrabacher will look into technology transfer issues, visa policies practiced by the State Department, Chinese proliferation of nuclear weapons technology as well as other volatile areas of concern such as the massive cultivation of opium poppies in Afghanistan.

“Throughout his career, Representative Rohrabacher has demonstrated uncompromising integrity and obligation to truth,” said Chairman Hyde. “I have full confidence in his ability to lead the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and work on behalf of the American people to ensure our international interests.”

Prior to becoming a congressman, Rep. Rohrabacher served as a special assistant and senior speechwriter to President Reagan. During his years at the Reagan White House, Rohrabacher was well known as an advocate of an aggressive approach to the Cold War. As part of the team that developed the Reagan Doctrine, which advocated the support of those fighting for their freedom against Soviet Communist tyranny, Rohrabacher always had a keen interest in Afghanistan. Shortly before entering Congress, Rohrabacher hiked into Afghanistan with a Mujadeen unit and participated in the last major battle against Soviet troops in that country.

During the 1990s, Rohrabacher was a lone voice in condemning the Clinton Administration’s acquiescence, if not support, of the Taliban rule in Afghanistan. After 9-11, Rohrabacher used his expertise on Afghanistan to advise national security officials in the Bush Administration.

As Chairman of the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, a position he held for eight years, he became aware of and investigated the transfer of U.S. rocket technology to China. This information led to the formation of a select committee headed by Rep. Chris Cox which found that American security had been compromised by the transfer of technology to the People’s Republic of China. In addition, Chairman Rohrabacher was known for his support of the development of commercial space projects. He authored the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act which was signed into law by President Bush on December 23, 2004.

Rep Rohrabacher lives in Southern California with his wife and three children.

“I thank Chairman Hyde for nominating me to this new post. I look forward to working with my colleagues on this committee in putting to work our congressional oversight powers to enhance the security and freedom of the American people.”