Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) was named as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.
“I’m honored to serve as Chairman of the Interior Subcommittee and I am excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work in this new role,” said Rep. Calvert. “The continued growth of mandatory spending programs, combined with the effects of sequestration, makes it absolutely critical that we take a close look at every dollar we spend on discretionary programs. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Interior Subcommittee to assess and provide the necessary resources to protect our air and water quality, ensure Americans can enjoy our country’s natural treasures, and maintain our commitment to Native Americans. I plan on tapping into the experience gained during the many years I served on the Committees responsible for authorizing many of the agencies and programs funded by the Interior Subcommittee.”
“Leading the subcommittee in charge of funding everything from our National Parks to the Environmental Protection Agency is an extremely difficult job,” said Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (KY-05). “Ken is not only up to the task, but will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be an excellent asset to the Committee and to the country as we tackle many fiscal challenges in the future. Ken has proven to be an exceptional leader in eliminating waste and inefficiency in government, has fought for programs and policies that benefit not only the people of his district but all Americans, and has the focus and determination needed to ensure that this important budgetary work gets done.”
“I want to thank Chairman Hal Rogers for this opportunity and for his strong leadership of the Appropriations Committee,” Calvert said. “I will be reaching out to Ranking Member Jim Moran (VA-8), as well as our Senate counterparts, Chairman Jack Reed (RI) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (AK), in the coming days to discuss our Subcommittee priorities.”
“I am particularly interested in finding ways to strengthen domestic energy production by utilizing appropriate federal lands. Our economy benefits greatly from reducing our dependence on foreign energy supplies and by putting Americans to work here at home to take advantage of our natural resources. I am deeply concerned by ongoing efforts within the Department of Interior and the EPA to impose unnecessary regulatory red tape that will thwart our energy production and other sectors of our economy.”
“As a member from a Western state, I remain concerned about the seemingly constant lack of adequate resources to reduce the risk of wildfires and will work to correct this imbalance. With portions of a Native American tribal reservation in my district, I am aware of the important issues Indian Country continues to face and am ready to work hand-in-hand with tribes across the nation to address their needs.”
The Interior Subcommittee provides regular annual appropriations for the Department of the Interior (except the Bureau of Reclamation and the Central Utah Project), the Environmental Protection Agency, and for other related agencies, including the Forest Service, the Indian Health Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities.
Rep. Calvert was named as Vice Chairman of the Interior Subcommittee in January of 2013. Previously, while serving on the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Calvert served as the Chairman of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee as well as the Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee. While serving on the House Science Committee, Rep. Calvert served as the Chairman of the Energy and the Environment Subcommittee.