Rush Reelected as Ranking Democratic Member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy & Power
CONTACT: Debra Johnson
WASHINGTON — Congressman Bobby L. Rush was unanimously reelected to his position as Ranking Democratic member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power following a vote of the Committee’s Democratic Caucus on yesterday. Rush also maintained his subcommittee assignments on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade and Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
The Energy and Power Subcommittee has jurisdiction over national energy policy including fossil, renewable and nuclear energy and nuclear facilities; synthetic and alternative fuels, energy conservation and information, utility issues, and interstate energy compacts; energy generation, marketing, reliability, transmission, siting, exploration, production, efficient, cybersecurity and ratemaking for all generated power.
Additionally, the subcommittee maintain jurisdiction over pipelines, the Clean Air Act and air emission; and all laws, programs and government activities affecting energy matters and provides legislative oversight for the U.S. Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Rush, who also served as the top Democratic for the Energy and Power panel in the 112th Congress, intends to focus on several key energy initiatives for the 113th Congress to address the growing need for a comprehensive approach to smart and clean energy ideas. Rush has set an energy agenda that includes monitoring the administration’s decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ensuring that the most vulnerable citizens have access to clean air and water by vigorously protecting the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act and Rush will continue to make nuclear plants operating safety and the safe disposal of nuclear waste energy a priority.