Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Latham ranking Republican on key panel

Washington, DC – After twelve years of service and leadership on the United States House Appropriations Committee, including positions on the Agriculture, Homeland Security, Energy and Water, Commerce/ Justice/State, Financial Services and Legislative Branch Subcommittees, Iowa Congressman Tom Latham was named the top or “ranking” Republican on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and related agencies (THUD). Latham is one of only twelve Republicans on the full Committee who have earned such a position on the influential Committee.

“I am honored by this vote of confidence by the members of my conference to serve in this leadership position in the House of Representatives,” said Latham about the position which increases the profile and clout for the people of the State of Iowa and the Iowa Delegation in the United States Congress.

The THUD subcommittee has jurisdiction of funding the Department of Transportation, including the Federal Aviation, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Railroad Administration and Amtrak and related programs of each agency. The Subcommittee also is responsible for funding the annual budgets of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Latham pledged a strong willingness to work in a bipartisan fashion with his Democrat counterpart, Chairman John W. Olver (D-MA), on the broad range of important issues that fall under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction.

In addition to this new leadership role, Congressman Latham will continue to serve on the subcommittees on Agriculture and which have funding jurisdiction over a number of essential programs that affect Iowa.

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