United States of America

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House of Representatives

Specialized body - Gender equality

Committee on Foreign Affairs, sub-committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights & International Organizations
(January 1981)

About

Members

Number of members
All MembersBelow 45 years of age
Total133
Men81
Women52
Political affiliation of members
Majority parties
8
Opposition parties
5

Chairperson(s)

Chair 1
Karen Bass
Chairperson: Sex
Female
Date of birth
03 Oct 1953
Political affiliation
Majority
Chair 2
Christopher Smith
Chairperson: Sex
Male
Date of birth
04 Mar 1953
Political affiliation
Opposition

Committee functions

Committee functions
Initiate inquiries of its own choosing
Yes

Committee powers

The Committee has the power to:
Propose amendments to legislation
Yes
Introduce bills into Parliament
Yes
Initiate parliamentary debates on its reports or on subjects of its choosing
Yes
Carry out inquiries
Yes
Hold oral evidence hearings
Yes
Compel witnesses to attend
Yes
Compel the production of documents and papers
Yes
Make recommendations to the Executive
Yes
Conduct visits, including visits abroad
Yes

Committee working methods

The Committee:
Adopts an annual or longer-term work plan
Yes
Reports regularly to Parliament on its activities
Yes
Number of specialised staff to service committee
3

Cooperation and coordination

The Committee regularly cooperates and coordinates (e.g. through sharing of reports; meetings; joint follow-up action) with:
Other parliamentary committees
Often
Civil society organisations
Often
The media
Often

Contact information for the Committee