Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis/Arlington) issued the following statement after the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced five pieces of bipartisan legislation this week that will assist veterans, streamline energy permitting, and advance health care for children:
"Following this week's inauguration of President Barack Obama, the Committee on Energy and Commerce met to formally organize and establish its rules. As a senior member on the panel, I was encouraged that the Committee got right to work on behalf of the American people. We took up several bills that seek to further our investment in various public health areas as well two pieces of common sense energy legislation.
"The Committee's desire to take immediate action is a good first step. We have lots of work ahead of us and I am excited to serve in Washington, representing the conservative ideals of the 6th District.
"The challenges before the 113th Congress are great and solutions won't come easy. As we work through the next two years and beyond I am hopeful we can rectify the mess that is the federal budget, pass sensible energy legislation and provide a more secure online environment for the youth of this nation."
You can learn more about the bills that the Committee advanced by clicking here.