Stupak retains oversight and investigations subcommittee gavel
Will also serve on Communications and Commerce Subcommittees in 111th Congress
WASHINGTON – Democratic Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously voted Thursday to retain U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) as chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in the 111th Congress. Stupak has served as chairman of the Subcommittee for the past two years.
“As Oversight and Investigations Chairman, I look forward to working with Chairman Waxman, Ranking Member Barton and the members of the Subcommittee to continue providing the aggressive oversight the American people expect and deserve,” Stupak said. “I look forward to working with President-elect Obama and his administration, but I will also be watching them closely to ensure the government agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction are operating effectively and efficiently.”
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee is responsible for oversight of all agencies, departments and programs within the jurisdiction of the full committee, and for conducting investigations within its jurisdiction. The Committee has one of the broadest jurisdictions in Congress, including issues such as health care and public health programs, the FDA, consumer protection, energy and environmental policy, interstate commerce and telecommunications.
“I am eager to continue the important work we began in the 110th Congress on food and drug safety, FDA reform, security of government laboratories, energy costs, and abuses in our nation’s health care system,” Stupak said. “The Subcommittee held 36 hearings over the past two years and I expect an equally aggressive agenda in the new Congress.”
Stupak, who has served as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee since 1995, is now the ninth most senior of 36 Democrats on the Committee. He will also sit on the Communications, Technology and Internet Subcommittee and the Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee in the 111th Congress. Stupak will also retain his strong voice on health, energy and environment policy as a member of the full Committee.