Washington, D.C. – Today, freshman Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) was named Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment as part of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said, “I am pleased to announce Congressman Chris Stewart as the next Chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. A decorated Air Force pilot, author and former CEO of a consulting company that specialized in environmental issues, Rep. Stewart brings a unique perspective to the Subcommittee. I look forward to working closely with my colleague to make sure new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are appropriate, transparent, and utilize the best available science. I would also like to thank the departing chairman, Rep. Andy Harris, for his excellent work on this Committee over the last two years.”
“I feel honored to be working with Chairman Lamar Smith and other members of the Committee in overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), researching scientific issues related to environmental policy and climate change, and ensuring that government agencies employ sound science when making decisions,” Stewart said. “I look forward to working with an active and productive subcommittee as we oversee these important issues.”
Members of the Utah Congressional Delegation said the following about the announcement:
“Having Utah represented on key and influential committee positions is beneficial to our collective efforts to protect and promote the interests of the state,” Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) said. “Although he has only just recently come to Washington, Congressman Stewart has hit the ground running and has proven to be a leader among his freshman peers. I am pleased that he will be serving in this important new capacity and look forward to working with him on critical environmental policy issues.”
“Chris has only been here a few weeks but he’s already leaving his mark,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said. “Utah can help lead the way in domestic energy development, so having a Utahn in this position can only be a good thing for our state. I look forward to working with him in his new role taking on these important issues.”
Tomorrow, Stewart will hold his first subcommittee hearing since being named Chairman, entitled “Policy-Relevant Climate Issues in Context”.
Established in 1958, the Science, Space, and Technology Committee has jurisdiction over all non-defense federal scientific research and development. Specifically, the Committee has partial or complete jurisdiction over the following federal agencies: NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, FEMA, the U.S. Fire Administration, and United States Geological Survey, among others.
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