Dingell appointed to House Committee on Energy & Commerce

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell

WASHINGTON – Second term U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) was appointed by her colleagues last night to serve on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in the 115th Congress.

The influential committee has broad jurisdiction over issues including commerce and trade, energy policy, environmental quality, telecommunications, consumer protections, automotive safety and health care.

“It is an honor to be appointed to the Energy and Commerce Committee to be a voice for the Midwest on issues that matter most to working families,” Dingell said. “The issues before E&C are those that drive the economy in Michigan, including promoting manufacturing and job growth, protecting the Great Lakes, building a 21st century auto industry, and providing quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

“These are also the issues that drive my passion, and among my top priorities will be supporting the development and deployment of connected and automated vehicles, which represent the future of mobility, and crafting health care and long-term care policies that will support our families as they grow older.

“Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is a steadfast champion for working families,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said.  “As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Congresswoman Dingell will continue to be a bold leader in our fight for quality, affordable health care, especially the long-term care that our seniors so richly deserve.

“Every day, Congresswoman Dingell’s strategic leadership and skill inform Democrats’ fight for good-paying manufacturing jobs in the Great Lakes region and across America.”

“I’m thrilled to have Congresswoman Dingell join the Energy and Commerce Committee,” said the committee’s ranking member, Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.). “Congresswoman Dingell’s vast experience at building coalitions to promote auto and manufacturing jobs will be essential as we work to build a stronger economy.

“She will also be an important voice in protecting healthcare for all Americans at a time when the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid are under assault. Her expertise and strong defense of the Great Lakes will also be valuable during environmental and nuclear debates in the committee.”

“I want to thank Leader Pelosi, my colleagues Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), co-chairs of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, and all members of the Democratic Caucus for this honor, and I pledge to work hard on behalf of every American,” Dinged said. “I look forward to working with Chairman (Greg) Walden (R-Ore.), Ranking Member Pallone and all of my colleagues on policies that will help create jobs, incentivize clean energy technologies, and keep our air clean to breathe and our water safe to drink.”

During her first term, Dingell served on the House Budget Committee and the Committee on Natural Resources, where she was ranking member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.