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Roe Named To House Committees Agriculture & Education and Labor

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Washington, January 8, 2009 | comments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) today received assignments to Committee on Agriculture and Committee on Education and Labor.

“With a new President and a new Congress, there is going to be a lot of legislative activity across the board,” said Roe. “These committees will put us in a position to be at the forefront of many of these debates and will allow us to serve Tennessee in general and the First District in particular.”

The House Committee on Agriculture has general jurisdiction over federal agriculture policy and oversight of some federal agencies, and it can recommend funding appropriations for various governmental agencies, programs, and activities, as defined by House rules.

In addition, the Committee on Agriculture is an important committee to be on for Representatives from many areas where agriculture is an important industry. The committee has jurisdiction over agriculture, forestry, nutrition, water conservation, and other agriculture-related fields.

The Committee on Education and Labor ensures that Americans' needs are addressed so that students and workers may move forward in a changing school system and a competitive global economy. The Committee and its five subcommittees oversee education and workforce programs that affect all Americans, from early learning through secondary education, from job training through retirement.

The Committee on Education and Labor oversees federal programs and initiatives dealing with education at all levels - from preschool through high school to higher education and continuing education.

Roe said that his legislative involvement would be beyond the boundaries of these Committees.

“While there will be a lot of activity on these Committees, my activity will not be confined to these Committees. Whether it’s health care, taxes or transportation, I intend to make sure the First District of Tennessee has a voice in the debate.”

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