Engel gets near-unanimous support for leadership bid on Foreign Affairs panel

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“Having the people whose opinions on foreign policy I respect greatly rally behind my efforts to become Ranking Member is humbling. For the last several years, Howard Berman has been our leader on the Committee, and the loss of his expertise on foreign policy will be felt throughout the Congress. I plan to carry on in his tradition.”

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 ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyTrump, Democrats set for brawl on Iran war powers Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers Democrats 'utterly unpersuaded' by evidence behind Soleimani strike MORE (D-Va.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonTeacher's union leader: DeVos is 'a cautionary tale' of presidential impact on public education Democratic lawmaker tears into DeVos: You're 'out to destroy public education' Democrats lash out at DeVos over proposed changes to loan forgiveness plan MORE (D-Fla.), Bill Keating (D-Mass.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.).