New York, N.Y., December 1, 2006 – New York Congressman Charles B. Rangel, slated to be the new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee when Democrats take control of Congress in January, will address members of the United States Council for International Business at the group’s annual award dinner on Monday, December 4 in New York City.
USCIB, which represents America’s top global companies, is honoring Harold McGraw III, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies, with its International Leadership Award in recognition of his work to promote international trade and to ensure America’s leadership in the global economy. The gala dinner will be held at the Hudson Theatre in Manhattan’s theater district. More information is available at www.uscibgala.com.
“Congressman Rangel will occupy a pivotal role in Congress’s work on international business and trade,” said Peter M. Robinson, USCIB’s president. “He has a track record of reaching across the aisle on many issues, and there is a critical need to rebuild a workable pro-trade consensus in Congress. We are delighted that he will be able to join us to present his goals for U.S. competitiveness and the global marketplace.”
Congressman Rangel is serving his eighteenth term as representative from the 15th Congressional District, comprising East and Central Harlem, the Upper West Side, and Washington Heights/Inwood. In addition to being the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, he is chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and dean of the New York State Congressional Delegation. Among his accomplishments on trade, Congressman Rangel authored and enacted the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which created a trade and investment framework between the U.S. and the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
Each year since 1980, USCIB has honored a senior business executive for significant policy leadership in improving the global competitive framework for American business. Recent recipients of the International Leadership Award include Lee R. Raymond of ExxonMobil, Jean-René Fourtou of Vivendi Universal, Charles O. Holliday, Jr. of DuPont and George David of United Technologies. More information on the event is available at www.uscibgala.com.
Founded in 1945, USCIB promotes an open system of global commerce in which business can flourish and contribute to economic growth, human welfare and protection of the environment. Its membership includes some 300 leading U.S. companies, professional services firms and associations whose combined annual revenues exceed $3 trillion. As American affiliate of several leading global business groups, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide and works to facilitate international trade. More information is available at www.uscib.org.
Jonathan Huneke, VP Communications, USCIB
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