The House Foreign Affairs Committee is a Masterclass on Bipartisanship

Dr. Munr Kazmir
4 min readDec 10, 2020

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) prove that when it comes to foreign policy, partisanship ends at the water’s edge.

U.S. Capitol Building (photo: Alex)

Monday evening, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) delivered heartfelt farewell remarks on the House floor in honor of his long-time friend and colleague, Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), outgoing Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Rep. Engel lost his reelection bid to progressive challenger Jamaal Bowman during the June Democratic primary in New York’s 16th district.

During his remarks, Rep. McCaul thanked Rep. Engel effusively for his years of service and praised his character, saying, “Chairman Engel often says — and I agree — that when it comes to foreign policy, partisanship stops at the water’s edge….anyone who has ever worked with Chairman Engel — or just even had the opportunity to meet him — knows he is truly a gentleman in every sense of the word. He always puts civility first, and he values public service and honor above everything else.”

“Most people would not imagine a Democrat from the Bronx and a Republican from the heart of Texas; would ever imagine not only that we would work so well, that we would become the best of friends,” McCaul continued. “Especially not in a town that is so often divided by politics.”

McCaul later tweeted a video of his remarks, and wrote; “For his decades of service to this country, his unwavering support for Israel, his opposition to the Ayatollah in Iran, & his long list of policy achievements, I believe I speak for all of us when I say: thank you, @RepEliotEngel. It has been an honor.”

In response to Rep. McCauls remarks, Rep. Engel thanked him for his “tireless work” and “his kind words & friendship.”

“I’m proud of the long list of accomplishments of @HouseForeign,” Engel wrote. “I thank @RepMcCaul for his tireless work on behalf of the American people, his kind words & friendship. I’ve always believed that politics stops at the water’s edge, but the Ranking Member made this sentiment easy.”

Both Representatives worked together on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, with Rep. Engel as Chairman and Rep. McCaul as Ranking Republican…