Waiver allows Berkley to be on Foreign Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., has been named to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, winning permission from House leaders to add to her workload.

Berkley applied for a waiver to rejoin the committee, where she had been an active member from 2001 until 2007.

The Nevadan was required to give up the assignment when she was named to the House Ways and Means Committee in the past two-year session of Congress. The waiver allows her to serve now on both committees.

In the process, Berkley drops off the House Veterans Affairs Committee, where she had championed the construction of a veterans medical complex for Southern Nevada. Her chief of staff, Richard Urey, said Berkley will maintain relations with veterans organizations and the Department of Veterans Affairs in Las Vegas.

Berkley long has declared a personal interest in international relations. She is chairwoman of the U.S. delegation to the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue, in which members of Congress meet regularly with counterparts in the European Union.

She also has been active in assorted Jewish organizations and for a time was on the executive committee of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the major pro-Israel lobby group. She is considered one of the leading pro-Israel members of the House.