Cornyn Assigned To Transportation And Clean Air Panels

In: All News   Posted 01/29/2003

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Sen. John Cornyn received his top choices for subcommittee assignments on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Wednesday: the Transportation and Infrastructure, and Clean Air, Climate Change and Nuclear Safety subcommittees. The committee held its organizing meeting Wednesday to confirm committee rules, welcome the new committee members, and discuss their assignments within the committee."The importance of a seat on the transportation panel cannot be overstated. The re-authorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) will start in this subcommittee, allowing Texas to have an even greater voice in this critical debate,” Sen. Cornyn said. “Among my top priorities is ensuring that Texans receive a greater return on the money they send to Washington. I will also work for locally defined transportation projects to relieve congestion, increase safety, facilitate continued economic growth and minimize environmental impact.” Sen. Cornyn continued, “The Clean Air subcommittee will allow me to more effectively craft commonsense environmental protection rules. Regulations to protect our air, our bountiful open spaces and the water our children drink must be based on sound science, must protect the most vulnerable among us, and must not create a system that destroys jobs and opportunity.” U.S. Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo) will chair the Transportation subcommittee, and Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) chairs Clean Air. Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma is the chairman of the full committee. Sen. Cornyn was recently awarded the chairmanship of the Subcommittee on the Constitution in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Subcommittee assignments have not yet been made for the Armed Services Committee on which Cornyn serves, and his fourth committee, Budget, has no subcommittees.