Rehberg Named to Appropriations Subcommittees: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education; Financial Services
House Republican leaders have named Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, to two Appropriations Subcommittees: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education; and Financial Services.
"These subcommittee assignments give Montana a seat at the table on critical issues like healthcare, education, telecommunications, and fighting meth," said Rehberg.
The Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education provides funds for telemedicine, Head Start, State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), E-Learning programs to rural residents, Social Security, Pell Grants, nursing education for Montana hospitals, and all other health and education related programs. In total, the subcommittee has jurisdiction over more than $600 billion in funding and approximately 39% of all federal spending.
"Rural healthcare and education are some of my top priorities," said Rehberg. "I'm going to continue working to make these services more affordable and reliable for Montana families."
"This is great news for Montana. The Labor-HHS subcommittee takes the first cut at setting funding levels for the Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant and other rural health grant programs that are so vital to Montana's health care providers," said John Flink, vice president of government affairs at the Montana Hospitals Association. "As a member of this subcommittee, Congressman Rehberg will be in a key position to help strengthen Montana's health care infrastructure. We look forward to working with him to achieve this goal."
"As a large, rural state with many challenges facing hospitals and clinics across Montana, having Congressman Rehberg's voice at this table is important to sustaining and expanding essential healthcare for all Montanans," said Doctor Nicholas Wolter, CEO of the Billings Clinic.
The Subcommittee on Financial Services provides funds for the Montana World Trade Center, Small Business assistance, as well as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) programs and the Office of Drug Control Policy, which are key programs in the fight against meth. It also has jurisdiction over the financial services industry, such as banks and credit unions.
"Small Business and trade are vital issues to Montana's economy," Rehberg said. "And the fight against meth abuse is critical to our children's welfare. This new subcommittee assignment helps me do both."
"We are delighted Congressman Rehberg has been appointed to this important subcommittee," said Tracie Kenyon, President and CEO of Montana Credit Union Network. "He has been a great friend to Credit Unions and has an understanding of our unique industry and a good perspective of our issues."
"The members of the Montana Bankers Association are pleased with Congressman Rehberg's appointment to the Financial Services subcommittee. Congressman Rehberg has proven in his years of public service that he well understands the issues facing businesses like banks in rural states like Montana," said Steve Turkiewicz, CAE, President and CEO of the Montana Bankers Association. "Congressman Rehberg will be constructive force in assisting the subcommittee in the development and passage of legislation that recognizes the unique nature and needs of our less populated states."