Two New Jersey Democrats, Reps. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), have been appointed to the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, a new committee that was formed this Congress.
The committee, which was approved by the House on a broad bipartisan vote last month, will focus on the Chinese government and the long-term economic and military dangers it presents to the United States.
“The CCP is a threat to our democracy and way of life. They are currently reshaping the international order through economic, diplomatic, military, and cyber tactics, and we must respond with smart, thoughtful policies,” Sherrill said in a statement. “I am confident that this committee will work on a bipartisan basis to enact substantive, policy-based policies that differentiate between the Chinese people and the regime that is oppressing them.”
Kim had reportedly angled to be the top Democratic member of the committee, arguing that the role should go to an Asian American House member. He didn’t end up getting the ranking member spot; it instead went to another Asian American congressman, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois), who will work alongside Committee Chairman Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin).