Congressman Bob Gibbs serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as the Agriculture Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Gibbs chairs the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, a subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to chair the Water Resources Subcommittee again this Congress,” said Gibbs. “I am eager to get back to work on improving and reforming the programs and agencies within our jurisdiction. Our focus and priorities will remain on creating jobs, cutting waste, and removing unnecessary government bureaucracy and regulatory red tape. I look forward to working with Chairman Shuster on these important initiatives this Congress.”
The Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee has jurisdiction over clean water infrastructure; water resources development for navigation, flood protection, and ecosystem restoration; water pollution control; and hazardous waste cleanup. The Subcommittee also conducts oversight of the federal regulation of clean water. Agencies that fall within the Subcommittee’s jurisdiction include the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The Subcommittee is responsible for drafting fiscally responsible legislation providing cost effective water infrastructure improvements that provide jobs. The Subcommittee is also responsible for ensuring that environmental regulations are reasonable and achievable, that federal policies set realistic water quality goals and provide help to states and local governments in their efforts to meet them, and that job creation is not stifled by excessive regulation.
Congressman Gibbs also serves on the Highways and Transit Subcommittee and the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee.
The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit has jurisdiction of issues related to the construction of roads, bridges and transit facilities, highway safety, and the development of national surface transportation policy. The subcommittee is responsible for writing the next major authorization of surface transportation infrastructure and highway safety programs.
The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials has jurisdiction over the economic and safety regulation of railroads and the agencies that administer those regulations. Economic regulation is administered by the three-member Surface Transportation Board (STB). This independent agency also has the authority to address national emergencies as they affect the nation’s rail transportation system.
Within the Agriculture Committee, Congressman Gibbs serves on the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, the Conservation, Energy, and Forestry Subcommittee, and the Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition Subcommittee.
The Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management has jurisdiction over program and markets related to cotton, cottonseed, wheat, feed grains, soybeans, oilseeds, rice, dry beans, peas, lentils, the Commodity Credit Corporation, risk management, including crop insurance, commodity exchanges, and specialty crops.
The Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry has jurisdiction over soil, water, and resource conservation, small watershed program, energy and biobased energy production, rural electrification, forestry in general and forest reserves other than those created from the public domain.
The Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition has jurisdiction over agency oversight, review and analysis, special investigations, food stamps, nutrition and consumer programs.