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Holding gets seats on Judiciary and Foreign Relations

New Rep. George Holding of Raleigh has been named to the House Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees.

Both committees track his experience in public life. Holding is a former U.S. Attorney and a former aide to Sen. Jesse Helms, who was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Holding, a Republican who is representing the 13th district, will sit on three judiciary subcommittees: Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet; Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law; and Immigration and Border Security.

He will also sit on the foreign affairs subcommittees on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats and and the one on Asia and the Pacific.

"My background as a former U.S. Attorney will guide my work on the Judiciary Committee -- a committee which safeguards our Constitution, strengthens our borders by enforcing our immigration laws, and furthers innovation by protecting copyrights and patents from infringement," Holding said in a statement.

Miller blogs about Africa trip

U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, who is in Africa this week as part of an official Congressional trip, opined about his last trip to the continent in his blog recently.

Miller, a Raleigh Democrat, was criticizing GOP presidential candidate John McCain about what it takes to have some foreign relations savvy. Miller, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, visited Nairobi, Kenya, and the Darfur region of Sudan last summer on another official tri.

He recalls his visit to a slum in Nairobi and says such understanding of a region's "music" is vital to understanding foreign relations, Barb Barrett reports.

Miller writes: "The more questions we asked, the more guarded the answers became. Then we walked through the slum. … As our delegation walked through Kibera, we all asked the same question: how can this be a stable society?"

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