SHERMAN REAPPOINTED TO HOUSE SCIENCE COMMITTEE
Washington, D.C. -Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks, CA) has been reappointed to the House Committee on Science. Sherman is expected to serve on the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.
In this session of Congress, the Committee will be dealing with a variety of issues important to the economy of the San Fernando Valley. This includes the vital reauthorization of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA contracts lead to more than $350 million for businesses in the San Fernando Valley every year. The Rocketdyne Plant, currently moving from Canoga Park to Chatsworth, builds the engines for the space shuttle and puts over $400 million into the Valley economy. There are reports that Boeing may sell the plant to United Technologies Corp.
Sherman's appointment to the Science Committee is extraordinary because he already serves on two major committees, International Relations and Financial Services. Sherman is the only one of the four Valley congressmen to serve on three committees. "Serving on a third committee is a substantial time commitment, but the Science Committee is important to the nation and especially to the San Fernando Valley," Sherman said. "I am honored that my colleagues have asked me to serve on the Science Committee."
In addition to overseeing NASA's work, the Committee on Science has jurisdiction over all non-defense federal scientific research and development (R&D). The Federal agencies that fall under the Committee's jurisdiction (either completely or partially) include: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Fire Administration, and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).