Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement regarding her new committee assignments for the 115th Congress, which includes a new appointment to the House Committee on the Budget, and two new Appropriations Committee assignments: one as Ranking Democrat on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, and the other, to the Energy and Water Subcommittee:
“The Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittee is the only committee in the Congress that serves those who serve our country in both service and retirement. This new Military Construction and Veterans Affairs assignment will provide an excellent opportunity for me to do even more to improve the lives of veterans and their families throughout Florida and across the country. I look forward to helping shape the Military Construction-VA bill, which is an absolutely critical piece of legislation in Congress to improve our veterans’ lives as well as steering the construction of our nation's military infrastructure around the world.
As a member of the Appropriations’ Energy and Water Subcommittee, I will be able to aggressively confront the funding challenges we face in our effort to restore the Everglades. Previously, on both veterans and Everglades’ issues, I have often been fortunate to find common ground with my Republican colleagues. My goal in this Congress will be to build on that bi-partisan success.
With a seat on the House Committee on the Budget, I will use my voice and my vote to confront Republicans and the new Administration on their vengeful quest to take health care away from millions of newly insured Americans. Repealing the Affordable Care Act without replacement will result in higher health care premiums and massive medical industry job losses. Our nation’s budget isn’t just a spending blueprint; it’s a detailed statement of our nation’s values, and protecting America’s working families is a value I will vigorously defend.”
Rep. Wasserman Schultz will remain on the Legislative Branch Subcommittee and continue in her role as a Chief Deputy Whip.