Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) has been selected to serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which oversees critical issues relating to Americans' health, safety, and security, as well as energy policy and manufacturing. The fourth-term lawmaker will begin serving on the Committee immediately.
The Energy and Commerce Committee's areas of jurisdiction include health care, energy policy, the environment, manufacturing, commerce and trade, telecommunications and cybersecurity, and consumer protection.
"The Energy and Commerce Committee will give me a greater opportunity to help oversee implementation of the Affordable Care Act and ensure every American has access to affordable health care," Congressman Yarmuth said. "And I will be better positioned to advance federal programs that support the revitalization of manufacturing in Louisville and create new jobs for local residents.
"Good jobs and financial security are cornerstones of a strong society, and as a new member of the Committee, I look forward to being at the forefront of policy debates that are so critical to the future of our country," Congressman Yarmuth added.
"Congressman Yarmuth's leadership has earned him the respect of colleagues and the trust of his constituents," Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said. "From stopping mountaintop removal mining in Kentucky to leading the charge to implement the Affordable Care Act, from advocating for advanced manufacturing in Louisville to building a sustainable future nationwide, he brings an unyielding determination to the task of protecting America's environment, securing affordable health care for all, and promoting the clean energy jobs of tomorrow."
"I am delighted that the Steering and Policy Committee has selected Rep. Yarmuth to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee," Ranking Member Henry Waxman said. "John has been a tireless advocate of health care for all Americans and is committed to ensuring the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He is also a strong supporter of clean energy technologies that will move our country toward energy independence. He will be a great contribution to the Committee, and I look forward to working with him."
Congressman Yarmuth helped lead the Congressional effort to enact the Affordable Care Act and is considered an expert on the law. He has long been a proponent of an environmentally responsible national energy policy, and this Congress he introduced H.R. 526, legislation to establish the first federal health testing for communities near mountaintop removal mining sites.
He has also been a strong advocate for continued federal investment in new energy technologies that will create jobs while preserving our environment and improving public health.
During the 110th Congress, Rep. Yarmuth fought successfully for the federal Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program, which supports the development of energy-efficient vehicles. In 2009, Ford Motor Company received a $5.9 billion loan through the program, allowing the company to invest $600 million to retool the Ford Assembly Plant in Louisville, which has added more than 3,000 new jobs.
The Energy and Commerce Committee also holds jurisdiction over the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which includes the Advanced Manufacturing Office and the Clean Manufacturing Initiative -- both of which have been critical to the production of new energy technologies at Louisville businesses, including GE. The Committee also oversees the Energy Star program, which sets standards for energy-efficient appliances.
Congressman Yarmuth takes the place of former Rep. Ed Markey (MA-5), who was recently elected to the U.S. Senate. During his four terms in Congress, Rep. Yarmuth has also been a Member of the exclusive House Committee on Ways and Means, where he helped write the Affordable Care Act.