House Democrats express concern as administration stymies request for oversight on women's security

The WPS strategy, which won bipartisan praise, recognized the link between women's empowerment and global peace and security, and noted that countries that marginalize women socially and politically are more likely to experience conflict. The departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security and the US Agency for International Development unveiled plans to implement the strategy on June 11.

But when Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York, the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts, chairman of the subcommittee on national security, asked officials from the agencies to testify about those plans in a virtual hearing, in keeping with Covid precautions, the administration countered by saying they would only send officials to testify in person.

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