WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) late yesterday received an assignment to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Last week, Roe was assigned to the Agriculture Committee and Education and Labor Committee.
“Honoring and supporting our veterans is the duty of our nation, and I am pleased to continue serving and advocating on behalf of our veterans as a member of the Veteran Affairs Committee,” said Roe. “As a veteran, being a member of this committee was very important to me. I will work tirelessly on behalf of our veterans to improve outreach, ensure access to VA benefits and recommend ways in which VA can better meet their needs.”
“I wanted to see Congressman Roe on the Veteran Affairs Committee,” said John Boehner, Republican Minority Leader. “For a new member of Congress, these committees are a huge responsibility, but not every Freshman Member is like Phil. He is hard working, articulate and a true champion for his District. I am confident that he will do an excellent job, and I look forward to working with him more in the days to come.”
Roe will serve on the following three committees:
Veteran Affairs' Committee
The standing Committee on Veterans' Affairs in the United States House of Representatives oversees agencies, reviews current legislation, and recommends new bills or amendments concerning veterans. Jurisdiction includes retiring and disability pensions, life insurance, education (including the G.I. Bill), vocational training, medical care, and home loan guarantees. The committee oversees the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans' hospitals, and veterans' cemeteries, except cemeteries under the Secretary of the Interior.
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.
The House Agriculture Committee 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.
Education and Labor Committee
The Education and Labor Committee's purpose is to ensure 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 noted that his legislative involvement would be beyond the boundaries of these Committees.