Members Named To Committee To Investigate China Missile Deal
By Ann Curley/CNN
WASHINGTON (June 19) -- House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced the names of the five Republicans who will serve on the House Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China -- the committee created to investigate whether U.S. national security was breeched when satellite and nuclear missile technology was provided to China.
The committee will be Chaired by Rep. Chris Cox (R-Calif.), with Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) serving as the ranking Minority member.
On Friday Gingrich named Reps. Porter Goss (R-Fla.), James Hansen (R-Utah), Doug Bereuter (R-Neb.), and Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) to serve on the committee.
On Thursday House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt named Reps. John Spratt (D-S.C.), Bobby Scott (D-Va), and Lucille Royball-Allard (D-Calif.) as the Democratic members of the nine member committee.
In a written statement, Gingrich said "recent news reports have raised grave questions about whether U.S. national security may have been compromised through technology transfers to the Chinese Peoples' Liberation Army."
"Both Minority Leader Gephardt and I have confidence that Chairman Cox and these respected members will fully and fairly investigate these serious matters while reflecting credit on the Congress and our country."
In the same written statement, Cox said, "These members are respected by their peers on both sides of the aisle for their personal integrity, their experience on these issues, their ability to work across party lines, and their dedication to principle. We have five and one half months to do our work. We will conduct our business efficiently and thoroughly and report back our findings to Congress and the nation."