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JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

U.S. Diplomacy Center

Previews “Faces of

Diplomacy” Exhibit

I

n the nation’s capital we are spoiled

for choice when it comes to museums.

From art history to science to culture, we

have exhibits of every make and model.

So it’s apt that in a city lled with muse-

ums we will soon have one dedicated to

the men and women who devote their

A Snapshot of the

114th Congress

T

he 114th Congress, in which

Republicans control both houses,

will be sworn in Jan. 6.

e new U.S.

Senate is comprised of 54 Republicans,

44 Democrats and two Independents,

who caucus with the Democrats.

e

new composition of the House of

Representatives is 246 Republicans, 188

Democrats and one to be determined.

In relation to the work of the foreign

a airs agencies, here are some of the

most relevant U.S. Senate and House

leaders and likely committee chairs:

U.S. Senate:

Majority Leader:

Senator Mitch

McConnell (R-Ky.)

Foreign Relations:

Senator Bob

Corker (R-Tenn.)

Homeland Security & Governmen-

tal A airs Committee:

Senator Ron

Johnson (R-Wisc.)

Appropriations:

Senator

ad

Cochran (R-Miss.)

Subcommittee on State, Foreign

Operations, and Related Programs:

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Commerce, Science and Transpor-

tation

/

Subcommittee on Tourism,

Trade and Innovation:

Senator Tim

Scott (R-S.C.)

U.S. House of Representatives:

Speaker:

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Foreign A airs:

Rep. Ed Royce

(R-Calif.)

Oversight and Government Reform

:

Rep. Jason Cha etz (R-Utah)

Select Committee on Benghazi:

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)

Homeland Security:

Rep. Michael

McCaul (R-Texas)

Appropriations:

Rep. Harold Rogers

(R-Ky.)

Subcommittee on Agriculture and

Rural Development:

Rep. Robert Ader-

holt (R-Ala.)

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,

and Science:

Rep. John Culberson

(R-Texas)

Subcommittee on State, Foreign

Operations, and Related Programs:

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas)

e biggest challenges for the Foreign

Service during the 114th Congress will be:

1. e FY 2016 Budget:

Words like

“continuing resolutions” and “cuts” will

continue to take center stage.

e inter-

national a airs budget, in particular,

may face additional scrutiny.

2

.

Compensation and Bene ts

Package:

e squeeze on federal

employees will be renewed. Legislative

proposals focusing on everything from

comp time to chained CPI will gain

momentum starting in January.

3. 2016 Presidential Election:

Given former Secretary of State Hill-

ary Rodham Clinton’s standing as the

virtual Democratic frontrunner, and

the prospect of Senators Ted Cruz

(R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and

Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) running for the

GOP nomination, foreign a airs will

most likely play a bigger role than it has

in recent elections.

AFSAmembers, please let the advo-

cacy teamknowwhat issues you care

most about and how to better serve you by

sending an email to

advocacy@afsa.org.

—Janice Weiner, AFSA Policy Adviser

lives to U.S. diplomacy.

e United State Diplomacy Center,

currently under construction at the 21st

Street entrance of the Department of State,

and due to open in 2016

(see FSJ October),

is the rst museum committed to shining

a much-needed spotlight on the hows and

whys of diplomacy.

Until the museum is completed, the

U.S. Diplomacy Center is maintaining

exhibition space within the Harry S Tru-

man building, where it recently gave a

sneak preview of the kinds of exhibits to

come. “ e Faces of Diplomacy,” held in

November (and which will be included in

the center when it opens), pro led a few of

America’s diplomats and others involved

in diplomacy in a series of nearly life-sized

photos accompanied by personal anec-

dotes.