On September 26, the National Committee hosted a program with Congressmen Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) at the New York University School of Law. The two co-chairs of the bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group shared their perspectives on China and discussed potential China-related legislation.
First elected in 2004, Congressman Boustany is serving his fourth term in Congress, representing southwestern Louisiana. He is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight, where he focuses on revising the tax code, aiming to promote sound economic development, expand markets for U.S. goods and put programs like Medicare and Social Security on solid financial footing.
As a cardiovascular surgeon with more than 20 years of experience, Congressman Boustany is at the forefront of healthcare policy debate in Congress. He also promotes responsible American energy production, including agri-based energy alternatives, to help the American economy prosper.
Congressman Rick Larsen is serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing northwestern Washington state. He is a member of the House Armed Services and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. Representative Larsen co-founded the U.S.-China Working Group, which educates Members of Congress on U.S.-China issues through meetings and briefings with academic, business and political leaders from the United States and China. He has visited China several times as a member of National Committee delegations, most recently this past April, along with Representative Boustany and National Committee president Steve Orlins.
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Larsen works to support the two military bases in his district on behalf of current members of the military as well as veterans. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Larsen is committed to investing in transportation to create jobs and boost the economy.
Congressman Larsen is also co-chair of the Congressional Methamphetamine Caucus, which works to fight the meth epidemic in the United States by supporting law enforcement, prevention and treatment efforts.