Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today regarding the appointment of Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray as Chair of the US-China Inter-Parliamentary Group (IPG):
“Today, I appointed Senator Patty Murray as the Chair of the US-China Inter-Parliamentary Group (IPG). In her role as Chair of the IPG, Senator Murray will meet with leaders in the Chinese government to discuss critical issues with top ranking legislative officials. This group represents the Senate at the highest level in its interaction with China.
“Under Senator Murray’s leadership, this group will address economic issues, international issues, trade, human rights and religious freedom among other important issues in the US-China relationship. I am hopeful that the IPG can help to foster a stronger, healthier long-term relationship with the Chinese government. Given her long history of working for stronger trade and intergovernmental relations with China, I have great confidence in Senator Murray’s ability to be an effective voice for positive developments in US-China relations going forward.”