Congressman Graves Named Vice Chair of Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Garret Graves (LA-06) was named Vice Chair for the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week. The appointment comes as a nod to Representative Graves’s significant maritime and coastal policy experience, and in the role, Graves will have jurisdiction over the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agencies – both of which oversee programs of concern to the Subcommittee. Graves’s other T&I subcommittee assignments include the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and Highways and Transit Subcommittees.
Graves will also serve on the Energy and Mineral Resources and Public Lands subcommittees, which both fall under the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Representative Graves’ subcommittee assignments are of particular importance because of their role in coastal restoration, flood control, hurricane protection, energy production, wetlands regulation, ports and water navigation channels development, and surface transit – all issues uniquely important to South Louisiana.
“Being vice chairman puts us in the room for key bills, helps us shape the subcommittees’ agenda and gives me the opportunity to engage witnesses right after the chairman,” Graves remarked. “Combined with my other assignments, I am best positioned to address local issues like our traffic concerns and promoting our energy and maritime economy.”
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster added, “Representative Graves’s subcommittee assignments are a great fit for him, the subcommittees and for Louisiana. His congressional and legislative experience in the areas of transportation and coastal policy coupled with the years of experience he has as a military liaison will enable him to immediately bring a valuable perspective to the process. Considering the unique opportunities and challenges faced by Louisiana, the people of his district will be served well by his insight.”
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