Today Jaime Herrera Beutler announced that she had been appointed to three Appropriation subcomittees that will allow her to hone in on critical Southwest Washington issues. Those three subcommittees are: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD); Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; and Financial Services and General Government.
"I'm extremely pleased to have been granted these new subcommittee assignments. There are few positions in Congress that would allow me to have a bigger impact on the most important Southwest Washington priorities," said Jaime. "From flooding in the Chehalis River basin, to the decline in forest health on our federal lands, to our need for an I-5 Columbia River bridge project that best serves Southwest Washington, I can work directly on challenges that matter most to our region. Additionally, with critical housing and regulatory agencies directly under these subcommittees, I can continue to be a strong voice for solutions that get our economy back on track."
Jaime will be the only U.S. House member in the Western United States to serve on the T-HUD subcommittee. Federal agencies under the jurisdiction of this subcommittee include the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Jaime has already been actively involved with the T-HUD subcommittee. Last June she introduced an amendment to T-HUD appropriations bill to prohibit federal funding from being used to wall off the I-5 freeway through Chehalis and Centralia. The wall-only plan was an unpopular proposal that would have worsened the impact of flooding in the Chehalis Basin.
The Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies subcommittee has jurisdiction over such agencies as the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Department of the Interior -- which includes the National Park Service.
Under the Financial Services and General Government subcommittee are the Department of Treasury, the FDIC's Office of the Inspector General, the Small Business Administration, the National Credit Union Administration, and others.
Jaime is the only U.S. House Member from Washington state to serve on the Appropriations Committee in the 113th Congress. While the Appropriations Committee generally demands that Members serve on it exclusively, Jaime was granted the ability to also keep her position on the House Small Business Committee.