WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Chris Stewart has been appointed to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and announced on Friday his new subcommittee assignments, including the Homeland Security, and State and Foreign Operations subcommittees. Stewart will also continue his role on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and serves on the Interior and Environment subcommittees
House Permanent Select Committee
Using his background as a military officer, Stewart will bring a unique perspective and play a vital role on House Permanent Select Committee.
“As a former Air Force pilot, I understand the need for a strong national defense and protection against the world’s dangers,” Stewart said. “I’m honored to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is tasked with the critical role of overseeing our national security activities.”
HPSCI provides oversight of the United States Intelligence Community, which includes the intelligence and related activities of 17 elements of the government and the Military Intelligence Program.
“I took an oath of office to defend the Constitution,” Stewart said. “One of the roles of the federal government, as outlined in the Constitution, is to provide for the security of our nation. In an era where terrorist threats are far too common, the need for national security has never been more important.”
Stewart is one of only 13 Republicans on the committee, evidence of his strong work ethic and experience.
“I welcome both the new and returning members to the Intelligence Committee,” said Rep. Devon Nunes, Chairman of HPSCI. “At a time when the United States faces a broad array of intentional threats, this committee’s work is critical to U.S. national security. I look forward to working on a bipartisan basis with all committee members to ensure that our intelligence community receives all the resources it needs and is subject to rigorous oversight.”
“I look forward to continuing my service on the Interior Subcommittee,” Stewart said. “With more than 66 percent of Utah’s lands owned by the federal government, it’s critical that Utah has a voice in federal spending within the Interior Department. I’m going to use this platform to fight for more local control of Utah’s lands.”
The Interior Appropriations subcommittee is especially important for rural Utah. Last year it funded the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program, prevented the listing of the Sage Grouse as an endangered species, cut Environmental Protection Agency funding and pushed through stalled energy development permits for Utah businesses.
As a former Air Force Pilot, Stewart’s background is well suited for the new subcommittee assignments of Homeland Security, and State and Foreign Operations.
“I’m excited to use that background to better oversee federal spending in those areas, as the committee plays a critical and constitutionally mandated role in holding the President and his federal agencies accountable for the people’s money,” Stewart said.
House Appropriations Committee
“I will continue to use the Appropriations Committee to fight for those issues that are critical for rural Utah,” Stewart said.
Speaking of Stewart, Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, said:
Every single member of the Appropriations Committee plays a vital role in steering federal dollars on behalf of the American taxpayer. These members embody the Committee’s long tradition of nose-to-the-grindstone hard work, careful decision-making and thoughtful deliberation, and quite frankly, they know how to get things done. I am honored and proud to serve alongside each of them in the 114thCongress.
Prior congressional committee service
Last Congress, Stewart served on the Appropriations subcommittees on Interior and Environment; Legislative Branch; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.
Submitted by the office of Chris Stewart
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