COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM
Americans have a right to know that the money Washington takes from them is well spent. And Americans deserve an efficient, effective and responsive government to the people for whom it exists. The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is responsible for conducting oversight, advancing transparency, and instilling accountability throughout the Executive Branch.
The Committee also has legislative jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, the government procurement process, federal personnel systems, the Postal Service and other matters. There is no program or agency beyond the reach of the investigations and oversight of this Committee. I intend to actively engage on this committee, particularly on the two subcommittees to which I was appointed.
Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs
This subcommittee’s broad focus on Washington bureaucracies will review rules and regulations that are weighing down jobs and economic growth in the nation and in Wyoming. Wyoming deserves to know what is driving this hyper-regulatory agenda that is taking priority over people, jobs, and sound science. Taxpayers also deserve a fair and transparent tax code that promotes economic growth and is conducive to free market savings and investment.
Subcommittee on National Security
This subcommittee helps ensure our national defense readiness and foreign operations security. As Congress focuses on debt reduction, we need to be transparent and accountable with our overseas dollars and ensure they are spent wisely and in the best interest of the United States. I intend to use this position to advocate for wise spending and wise policy both nationally, and as it relates to Wyoming’s military installations and National Guard units. The subcommittee also has jurisdiction over immigration, emergency management, criminal justice and drug policy.
For more information: oversight.house.gov
COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE, and TECHNOLOGY
This committee’s jurisdiction includes non-military research and development, including energy and environmental research and development, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, among others. With oversight of a $39 billion budget—more than 80% of which is focused on research and development—the committee encourages the research and development that leads to new innovations and technological advancements that will help strengthen our economy.
As a member of the Science Committee, I will work to bring sorely-needed accountability to the government’s scientific judgment. With Wyoming’s thriving energy market; unique land, water, and air quality needs; burgeoning science-based small businesses; and the new NCAR Supercomputer, it is imperative for Wyoming that sound science governs federal decision-making.
Subcommittee on Energy
I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the subcommittee on energy. This subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Department of Energy’s research, development and demonstration programs, as well as DOE’s laboratories. It also has jurisdiction over uranium supply and enrichment; DOE’s waste management; fossil energy research and development; clean coal technology; and, energy conservation research and development. From my perch in the Chair, I intend to carefully review DOE’s budget and activities as it relates to energy research and development, particularly DOE’s activities in both fossil fuel and renewable energy technologies.
Subcommittee on Research
This subcommittee has legislative jurisdiction and general oversight and investigative authority on all matters relating to science policy and science education. Its scope includes the Office of Science and Technology Policy; the National Science Foundation; science, technology, engineering and mathematics education; university research policy and partnerships; computing, communications, networking, and information technology; and, agricultural, geological, and biological sciences research. The University of Wyoming, and other public and private groups in our state, is at the forefront of science research, particularly in the fields of energy and agriculture. I intend to highlight Wyoming’s expertise on these and other issues on this subcommittee.
For more information: science.house.gov
COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES
The Natural Resources Committee has jurisdiction over many issues central to Wyoming and to the west. In particular, the Natural Resources Committee has oversight authority on Wyoming’s expansive government-owned land; mineral production; all matters regarding national parks, forests, monuments, wilderness, and wildlife refuges; and Native American affairs. For Wyoming, there is not another Committee in Congress more meaningful to Wyoming than the Natural Resources Committee. In essence, the Natural Resources Committee is Wyoming’s committee in the House.
Energy and Mineral Resources
With authority over American energy production on federal lands – both on and offshore – this subcommittee concentrates on a true “all-of-the-above” energy plan by increasing domestic energy production, expanding American energy jobs and reducing America’s reliance on foreign energy. Wyoming is the number two energy producing state in the country, behind only Texas.
Public Lands and Environment Regulation
The Subcommittee on Public Land and Environmental Regulation is responsible for the vast network of federally owned lands including national parks and US forests throughout the country. This subcommittee works toward striking a suitable balance for the multiple use, protection and enjoyment of federally owned land. This subcommittee is newly charged with oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA's affects on Wyoming's resource, agriculture, and recreation industries cannot be overstated.
Water and Power
Handling issues ranging from irrigation projects to hydropower throughout the country and interstate water rights, the Water and Power subcommittee deals with the contentious battle over our nation’s water. The subcommittee has a commitment to clean emissions free hydroelectric power and is working towards more cost manageable, regulation-less water project developments. This subcommittee also has jurisdiction over water use from Wyoming’s seven river basins. As a headwaters state, water use and storage is critical to Wyoming’s livelihood.
For more information: naturalresources.house.gov