WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has been selected to the Health Subcommittee and the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce.
"Providing Americans with personalized, affordable health care that puts the patient - not the federal government - in the driver seat and protects American medical innovation has been a top priority for me since I was elected to Congress. My focus on health care has only heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic that has put an unprecedented burden our health care sector in Houston and across America. I look forward to addressing this challenge and working towards these priorities for Houston and the country on the Health Subcommittee." said Crenshaw.
"Advancing commonsense, innovative solutions to climate change has also been a key policy priority for me since day one. Americans are sick and tired of a false choice of inaction or economy crushing regulations when it comes to reducing emissions. We can protect the environment and our economy and America's energy independence all at the same time, and I look forward to helping show that is possible on the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee."
Crenshaw announced last week that he was selected to serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee in the 117th Congress. The Energy and Commerce Committee has the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee. The committee has responsibility for matters including telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health and research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce among others.
The Health Subcommittee has jurisdiction over America's health sector broadly, including private and public health insurance (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP); biomedical research and development; hospital construction; mental health; health information technology, privacy, and cybersecurity; medical malpractice and medical malpractice insurance; the 340B drug discount program; the regulation of food, drugs, and cosmetics; drug abuse; the Department of Health and Human Services; the National Institutes of Health; the Centers for Disease Control; Indian Health Service; and all aspects of the above-referenced jurisdiction related to the Department of Homeland Security.
The Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all matters related to soil, air, noise and water contamination; emergency environmental response, both physical and cybersecurity. In particular, the subcommittee has jurisdiction over The Nuclear Waste Policy Act, The Clean Air Act, The Safe Drinking Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act – including Superfund and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, The Solid Waste Disposal Act, The Toxic Substance Control Act and The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program. Under the Clean Air Act, this subcommittee deals with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for criteria pollutants; National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) Standards; New Source Performance Standards (NSPS); Mobile Source Standards for vehicles, aircraft, fuels and fuel additives, including the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles. The subcommittee focuses on the regulation of solid, hazardous, and nuclear wastes, including mining, nuclear, oil, gas, and coal combustion waste.