Congressman Steve Scalise today received his subcommittee assignments on the Energy and Commerce Committee for the 112th Congress. Scalise will continue to serve on the Energy Subcommittee, and will join the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology as well as the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
"These important subcommittees have jurisdiction over several issues vital to Louisiana's economy and future," Scalise said. "A majority of the bills that move through Congress will start in these subcommittees, and I am eager to continue working to protect the interests of Southeast Louisiana. I am honored to be a part of these active subcommittees, and I will continue working to get people back to work in the oil and gas industry, and I'll also fight against the planned government takeover of the Internet, while reigning in excessive federal regulations, holding federal agencies accountable to the American people and ensuring that Louisiana has a strong voice in the shaping of our nation's energy policy."
Scalise is the only Member of Congress from Louisiana to sit on the Energy Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over a number of federal agencies and issues that play a major role in the nation's energy policy and have a critical impact on key sectors of Louisiana's economy and culture. Some of these issues include:
* Fossil energy, renewable energy sources and synthetic fuels; energy conservation
* Nuclear energy and waste
* Utility issues and regulation of nuclear facilities
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has jurisdiction over:
* Telecommunications policy spanning the Internet, broadcast, radio, wire, and satellite
* Homeland security related aspects of telecommunications, including cybersecurity
* Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has oversight authority over the following issues which are under the jurisdiction of the Energy and Commerce Committee:
* Foreign and domestic commerce
* Environmental issues
* Departments, agencies, and commissions under the purview of the committee