Congressman Bilirakis Joins the Pakistan Caucus

Washington, DC: The Pakistani American Leadership Center (PAL-C) welcomes Congressman Michael Bilirakis, a Republican from Florida, to the Congressional Pakistan Caucus.
Congressman Bilirakis was first elected to Congress on November 2, 1982, and has been reelected to each succeeding Congress. His committee assignments in the 109th Congress include membership on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where he serves as Vice-Chairman of the full Committee and a member of the Health, Telecommunications and the Internet, and Energy and Air Quality Subcommittees. Congressman Bilirakis is also the Vice-Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee.
“Congressman Bilirakis’s leadership role on health reform and his strong advocacy for medical research make him an important member for one of the top five issues that concern the Pakistani American community” said Aisha Chapra, Executive Director of PAL-C, a Washington-based group working with the Congressional Pakistan Caucus.
Mariam Issa, a director of PAL-C, said “that increasing membership on the Congressional Pakistan Caucus is entirely a community effort that each Pakistani living in the US should give utmost importance to”.
PAL-C director, Pervaiz Lodhie, added that “even the smallest contribution of time will help create a grassroots movement while PAL-C will do its best to maintain the movement’s momentum.”
The Congressional Pakistan Caucus was launched last year in September by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf at a ceremony on Capitol Hill.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN) are two co-chairs of the Caucus.
“The establishment of the Congressional Pakistan Caucus, which is an official entity of the United States Congress, is an historic event,” Congresswoman Lee said. Lee also termed the Caucus as the fastest growing Caucus on the Hill.
PAL-C is dedicated to educating American public on issues related to Pakistan and Pakistani Americans.

 

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