House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi approved a waiver to allow U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) to serve on five House subcommittees. Under Democratic caucus rules, members are normally limited to four subcommittees.
"I want to thank Leader Pelosi for allowing me to do more for Hawaii and our nation," Hanabusa said. "This is an opportunity to bring an additional dimension to how we view natural resources issues facing our state. It gives us a voice in areas critical to our future."
Hanabusa's fifth subcommittee assignment, the Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, oversees U.S. energy production and development on federal lands, both on and offshore, including measures affecting geothermal and natural gas resources.
"The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee will have an impact on renewable and alternative energy development; job creation and economic development; and environmental protection, all areas that are vital for Hawaii," said Hanabusa. "The subcommittee's work will have an impact far into the future and calls on us to take the long view today. I am proud that I will be able to represent our state's interests in those conversations."
Hanabusa is the Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, and serves on the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. She also serves on the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Readiness, and Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces.