Congressman Bob Gibbs Named Chairman of Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee

January 20, 2011
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) has been selected to chair the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The announcement was made today by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL). 

The Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee is one of six subcommittees of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“Congressman Gibbs’ experience as a farmer and small business owner makes him particularly suited to chair the subcommittee with oversight of the nation’s water resources and clean water regulations,” Mica said.  “As Chairman, I am confident Congressman Gibbs will provide strong and effective leadership of the Subcommittee as it works to improve our nation’s water infrastructure, create jobs, and ensure practical, common sense regulation of the nation’s waters.”

“I am honored that Chairman Mica has provided me the opportunity to lead a subcommittee that plays a critical role to my district,” Gibbs said.  “It is also a subcommittee that will be at the forefront of improving employment, expanding economic opportunities and removing barriers to job growth.  As Chairman, it will be my responsibility to modernize, reform and cut waste in the programs and agencies we oversee while advocating for common sense policies that ease regulatory burdens.  I look forward to working closely with Chairman Mica and Subcommittee members to meet the infrastructure challenges before us.”

The Water Resources and Environment Subcommitteehas jurisdiction over clean water infrastructure; water resources developmentfor 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.

Gibbs was also named to the Highways and Transit Subcommittee and the Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management 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 previous law expired in 2009.

The Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management authorizes the nation’s emergency preparedness policy and programs and conducts oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The Subcommittee oversees agencies and programs promoting economic development in communities suffering economic distress, such as the Appalachian Regional Commission.  The Subcommittee also exercises oversight of federal real estate programs and management.

The Subcommittee Chairmen and Vice Chairs for the 112th Congress follow.  Two of the new Subcommittee Chairmen are freshmen Members of Congress: Jeff Denham of California will chair the Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee; and Bob Gibbs of Ohio will chair the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee.