WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today released the following statement regarding Gayle Smith’s confirmation by the Senate as USAID Administrator:

“I congratulate Gayle Smith on her confirmation as USAID Administrator.  As a journalist and development expert, Ms. Smith has seen firsthand the needs of the developing world, and she has what it takes to provide strong, steady leadership at USAID.  I look forward to working with her to ensure the United States remains at the forefront of tackling many of our world’s most pressing challenges, from promoting sustainable agriculture to alleviating the suffering of refugees to supporting global health.  These efforts are critical for spreading peace and stability, strengthening democracy, and advancing American interests and values; and I’m confident that Gayle Smith’s leadership will keep USAID’s work on track.”