Rep. Stewart appointed to select intelligence committee, new subcommittees

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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.”

Subcommittees

“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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10 Comments

  • Big Guy January 16, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Great committee assignments for a relatively junior Congressman. Good fits for his background and for Utah. It will be hard to judge what impact he may have individually until and unless he rises in seniority.

    • Brian January 16, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Yeah, its amazing what kind of candy you get handed when you kiss john boehner’s backside… Glenn Beck said Christ Stewart is “playing the game” and risks losing his soul if he keeps it up. I have to agree. High-stepping in lock-step behind boehner isn’t what Chris Stewart ran on, and certainly isn’t why we sent him to DC to represent us. Jason Chaffetz is doing the exact same thing. It’s very disheartening to see good, conservative candidates become slimy politicians.

      • Somerset January 16, 2015 at 5:50 pm

        And Glenn Beck is a judge in Israel? He’s judging Stewart’s soul? As for me, I voted and sent my representatives to get something done. To work through the issues. To develop solutions. To compromise….. yes, that evil word. Compromise is what a two-party system is about and what the founding fathers intended. Two sides holding their ground unless they get their own way advances nothing.

      • Bender January 16, 2015 at 7:25 pm

        Wait, you listen to Glen Beck? Don’t you have to pay real money to listen to him now? I mean like, you know, real hard-earned George Washingtons?

    • One for the road January 16, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      I was going to comment on the seniority factor but you did that. so I guess we’re.. wait and see now

  • KarenSp January 16, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I see that the House Permanent Select Committee has oversight over Homeland Security which includes immigration. This past week Stewart voted to end the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals which has been in place and working since 2012. Note that these are not the children who came to the US this past summer but are young adults who met the requirements for deferred action and are currently in school or working. They had to have arrived in the US before their 16th birthday and had to have been in the US since 2007. They don’t get welfare, government hand-outs, or citizenship. They are just not going to be deported. That’s it.

    It is shocking to me that Chris Stewart and his fellow republicans would be so ignorant about the welfare of the Dreamers, enough that they would move to the top of the list for deportation because they have now registered with the government. Chris Stewart should be ashamed.

    • Brian January 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      So if a family breaks into Disneyland and gets caught, the kids should be allowed to stay because it wasn’t their fault? We’re a nation of laws, and to the degree that ends, we’re in trouble.

      • KarenSp January 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm

        Hmm, I don’t think anyone actually “lives” in Disneyland. Are you suggesting that we deport 12-15 million people? We need to face reality and not keep ignoring immigration, legal or not. I’m still waiting for the Republican plan….

        • Bobber January 16, 2015 at 11:16 pm

          their plan is to ‘talk tough’ but continue to do the same old thing they always have–your wait is over 🙂

  • One for the road January 16, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Well here goes the wait and see now.

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