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Weber Statement on 117th Congress Committee Assignments

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, February 11, 2021 U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14) issued the following statement on committee assignments for the 117th Congress. Rep. Weber will continue to serve on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, while also continuing on the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee, with subcommittee assignments to: Water Resources and Environment; Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation; and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

“My district on the Gulf Coast of Texas is one of the biggest energy producers in America, so I am proud to serve once again as the Ranking Member of the Energy Subcommittee, as well as continue our important work on House T&I. Both committees mean a great deal to my district.

“At the beginning of the last Congress, I committed to focusing—in a bipartisan fashion—on reauthorizations and continued oversight of the Department of Energy (DoE).  It is an honor to be asked to continue to serve in this role and remain focused on this. Although we succeeded in passing the Energy Act of 2020, the first major update of America’s energy policy in 13 years, we have more work to do.

“My goal is to ensure the research, development, and demonstration programs authorized at DoE are quickly implemented and responsibly conducted. This will modernize our energy sector and keep prices low for consumers, without relinquishing global leadership to China and Russia. I thank the full committee’s Ranking Member Frank Lucas for his leadership and for his trust in me to guide these efforts. The future is bright for U.S. energy independence and innovation!" said Congressman Weber.

“Ranking Member Weber has done great work as our Ranking Member on the Energy Subcommittee,” Lucas said. “He’s been a strong supporter of cutting-edge energy technologies like next-generation nuclear and advanced geothermal, as well as the fundamental research needed to make our energy portfolio cleaner, more affordable, and more secure. His leadership will be critical as we continue to grow America’s energy production.”

Weber went on to note that, “This will be my third Congress as a member of the T&I Committee, an assignment that is very beneficial for our district.  The Water Resources Subcommittee exercises jurisdiction over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, whose mission is critical for Gulf Coast infrastructure, and with their district headquarters in Galveston, they are also valued constituents.  Likewise, we have a number of U.S. Coast Guard personnel assigned to the Coast Guard stations in Texas-14, so being on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation has been an excellent platform to look out for our Coasties and their families.  By the same token, with the Texas A&M Maritime Academy (also located in Galveston), that subcommittee has been key to securing a new training ship for our future merchant mariners.  And finally, given the significant pipeline and railroad networks that are so critical to southeast Texas’ petrochemical industry, I am particularly thankful to work on the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials subcommittee.”