New York Republican Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11), from Staten Island, has been appointed a ranking member of a newly-formed Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, according to an announcement from her office on Wednesday.
The first-generation American was named Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact, a newly-formed subcommittee that will oversee American tax dollars being sent abroad and membership in international organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Malliotakis is the only freshman member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee selected to serve as a Ranking Member.
The freshman Republican, who is the daughter of a Greek immigrant and a Cuban refugee, will also serve on Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment and Cyber Security.
“I’m honored to be the only Freshman selected to serve as a Ranking Member on a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee,” said Congresswoman Malliotakis. “This subcommittee is critically important when it comes to protecting our country’s social and financial interests around the globe.
“Shocked” at relief package monies going abroad during pandemic
“My constituents and I were shocked to learn that hundreds of millions of dollars were being sent to other countries as part of the COVID relief package passed by the last Congress. This is extremely concerning, especially at a time when millions of Americans are suffering, our nation is approaching $30 trillion in debt and President Biden is reentering the WHO without calling for any accountability from China.
Rep. Malliotakis went on to state “I intend to use this subcommittee to advocate for transparency, accountability and ethical practices within our international organizations and private-sector partners to ensure taxpayer dollars sent overseas are spent responsibly.”
The Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact promotes responsible and ethical social, environmental and business practices, including: Best practices to advance foreign aid reform, foreign aid transparency and effectiveness and oversight of U.S. multilateral assistance to international organizations and UN agencies.
It also promotes private sector engagement and public-private partnerships; the advancement of U.S. strategic interests and the use of new technologies and interventions in development, such as digital connectivity and domestic resource mobilization.
Earlier named Assistant Whip
“I am pleased Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis will serve as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact,” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul.
“Her expertise on this topic will be a valuable asset for the work of this important subcommittee in achieving our foreign policy goals and advancing our interests around the world.”
Malliotakis will also serve on the Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment and Cyber Security. She previously announced her appointment to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and selection as an Assistant Whip to Representative Steve Scalise.
Malliotakis, who received a B.A. in Communications from Seton Hall University and earned an MBA from Wagner College, mounted a campaign and won against incumbent Congressman Max Rose, who last year had been photographed attending a Black Lives Matter rally.
Vital issues for Malliotakis: economy, public safety, preserving American dream
Asked by Greek Reporter in an exclusive interview before the November 2020 election what the most important issues were as she sees it, Malliotakis answered “Rebuilding the economy, restoring American jobs, public safety and preserving the American dream and stopping socialism.”
Earlier in the year, Malliotakis had declared to supporters “To me, this is a very important election because we do have people who are pushing a socialist agenda.” The first-generation American then introduced her mother, who had been forced to flee the Communist revolution in Cuba in 1959.
“Some people in Washington — the obvious ones like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — are trying to bring the very policies to this nation that millions of immigrants like my parents fled,” she told her supporters at the rally.
The 11th District is far more conservative than the rest of the city, voting for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton by ten percentage points in 2016.