Frelinghuysen Receives Major Appropriations Committee Appointment:
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen today was appointed to senior positions on two House Appropriations Subcommittees. The appointments were announced by Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Jerry Lewis (R-CA). In the 111th Congress, Frelinghuysen will serve as Ranking Member (or top Republican) on the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee and will continue to serve as a senior member of the Defense Subcommittee.
"I look forward to working on energy and water issues during the 111th Congress," said Frelinghuysen. "As ranking member, I have the opportunity to work on issues of great importance to New Jersey, including energy independence, and focus on the science and technologies that keep our nation competitive, flood protection, and keeping New Jersey's harbors open for world trade."
The Energy and Water Development Subcommittee funds the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Reclamation. The subcommittee allocates federal money for DOE operations, including scientific research and the 16 national laboratories. The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over the construction and maintenance operations of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for navigation, flood control, environmental protection and disaster response throughout the nation.
"As a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I will continue to work closely with military leaders to ensure that our brave young warfighters have every resource they need to accomplish their mission. Defending our national security must always remain a top priority," Frelinghuysen said.
The Defense Subcommittee oversees the budgets of the Department of Defense and many agencies in the intelligence community, including the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.