Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) today issued the following statement after the House Democratic Caucus unanimously elected him Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 118th Congress:
“I am honored to be elected Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Over the last two years, we accomplished a tremendous amount for the American people, and I am grateful to my Democratic colleagues for once again entrusting me to lead this Committee in the upcoming Congress.
“I look forward to continuing to work closely with all my colleagues to build on our efforts to lower costs for American families, bolster our economy, combat the climate crisis, and protect consumers. I am also committed to ensuring that the legislative achievements of the past two years are being implemented by the Administration as we intended and will aggressively oppose any Republican efforts to undermine them in any way.”
The Energy and Commerce Committee is the oldest continuous standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It was established in 1795 to regulate interstate and foreign commerce. Today, the Committee has the broadest jurisdiction of any authorizing committee in Congress. It legislates on health care; health insurance; biomedical research and development; food safety; clean air and climate change; safe drinking water; national energy policy; nuclear facilities; electronic communications and the internet; privacy, cybersecurity, and data security; consumer protection and product safety; travel, tourism, and sports; interstate and foreign commerce; and other areas.
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