By Julian Pecquet - 11/16/12 03:05 PM EST
The ranking member on the panel's subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Engel vowed to “provide a steady, consensus-driven style reflective of all voices in our party, and to work in a bipartisan manner whenever possible.”
"The bottom line is our committee needs to be focused on promoting American interests around the world, supporting our allies, confronting our enemies and investigating incidents whenever they arise," he said.
Engels's backers include Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Albio Sires (D-N.J.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), Bill Keating (D-Mass.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.).