United States Congressional Delegation Visit Underscores Commitment to Madagascar
Antananarivo – A delegation of six members of the United States House of Representatives, led by Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Robert Goodlatte, will be in Madagascar for the next two days. The delegation will attend the inauguration of the Symbion Power Plant Mandroseza along with United States Ambassador Robert Yamate, President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, and other dignitaries. They will also meet with several high-level Malagasy government officials, visit a USAID-supported public clinic in Ambohipo, and meet with members of the American Chamber of Commerce.
The delegation looks forward to discussing a variety of issues important to both countries, including the need for transparent, credible, and inclusive presidential elections in 2018 and our shared commitment to Madagascar’s economic development.
About the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee
The Committee on the Judiciary has been called the lawyer for the House of Representatives because of its jurisdiction over matters relating to the administration of justice in federal courts, administrative bodies, and law enforcement agencies.
On June 3, 1813, a standing committee on the Judiciary was established by the House of Representatives to consider legislation relating to judicial proceedings. Since that time, the scope of the committee’s concern has expanded to include not only civil and criminal judicial proceedings and Federal courts and judges, but also issues relating to bankruptcy, espionage, terrorism, the protection of civil liberties, constitutional amendments, immigration and naturalization, interstate compacts, claims against the United States, national penitentiaries, Presidential succession, antitrust law, revision and codification of the statutes of the United States, state and territorial boundary lines and patents, copyrights and trademarks. Particularly important in our time is the Committee’s oversight responsibility for the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. Hearings on legislation including the Patriot Act have emphasized the Committee on the Judiciary’s continuing pursuit of the appropriate balance between constitutional rights and national security.