Friday, January 13, 2017

LaMalfa to return to ag, natural resources committees

From a news release:
Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after receiving his committee assignments for the 115th Congress. LaMalfa will continue serving on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Natural Resources, while also adding the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

LaMalfa said: “I am very pleased to announce I will be joining the Transportation and Infrastructure committee in addition to my responsibilities on the Agriculture and Natural Resources committees. I believe the work done on all three committees will greatly benefit Northern California priorities on highways, levies, flood control and water storage as well as our work with Agriculture and Resources, such as forestry management. The best chance for jobs is in our own backyard resources. Oversight of federal regulators is a big part of my responsibility that I look forward to.”

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said: “I am pleased to welcome Congressman LaMalfa to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Through the years, we’ve worked together on various issues of importance to his home state of California, and he has worked hard to improve Northern California and our nation’s infrastructure. He will be a valuable addition to the committee.”

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads. The Committee also oversees other aspects of our national infrastructure, such as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the management of federally owned real estate and public buildings, the development of economically depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, and hazardous materials transportation. It includes a broad oversight portfolio of many federal agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard, Amtrak, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the General Services Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers, and others.

The House Committee on Natural Resources considers legislation about American energy production, mineral lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation.

The House Committee on Agriculture oversees policy regarding the production of: food, fiber, and timber products, as well as rural development and food security. It also sets policy on farm credit, biotechnology, and commodities exchanges.

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