January 08, 2015

Lujan to Continue Serving on Energy and Commerce Committee, Will Sit on Health and Communications and Technology Subcommittees

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced today that he will continue to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the 114th Congress and will sit on the Health Subcommittee and the Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

“I am honored to serve on the Health Subcommittee this Congress and I am ready to dive into critical health issues that are so important to New Mexico.  From increasing access to health care and reducing health disparities to addressing drug abuse that has torn apart too many families in New Mexico, a seat on this important subcommittee will strengthen my ability to advocate for my constituents and for New Mexico,” Congressman Luján said.  “I also look forward to continuing my work on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and building on my efforts to promote broadband expansion in rural communities across New Mexico and to encourage increased access to the latest technologies that have the potential to promote economic growth and new opportunities.”

The Health Subcommittee has jurisdiction over public health and quarantine; hospital construction; mental health; biomedical research and development; health information technology, privacy, and cybersecurity; public health insurance and private health insurance; medical malpractice and medical malpractice insurance; the regulation of food, drugs, and cosmetics; drug abuse.  In addition, the subcommittee oversees the Department of Health and Human Services; the National Institutes of Health; the Center for Disease Control, Indian Health Service; and relevant aspects of the Department of Homeland Security.

The Communications and Technology Subcommittee has responsibility over electronic communications, both interstate and foreign, including voice, video, audio, and data, whether transmitted by wire or wirelessly, and whether transmitted by telecommunications, commercial or private mobile service, broadcast, cable, satellite, microwave, or other mode.  Its jurisdiction also includes emergency and public safety communications; cybersecurity, privacy, and data security; and overseeing the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the Office of Emergency Communications in the Department of Homeland Security.

Last Congress, Luján served on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

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