Meuser to Serve on Education & Labor, Veterans’ Affairs, Budget Committees
WASHINGTON— Congressman Dan Meuser (PA-9) announced today that he will serve on the House Education & Labor, Veterans’ Affairs, and Budget Committees during the 116th Congress. Meuser will be one of a select few freshmen Members of Congress to serve on three standing House committees.
“Each of these committees gives me a chance to roll up my sleeves and get things done for the people of the Ninth District,” said Meuser. “All three committees are uniquely important to the prosperity and quality of life of hardworking Pennsylvanians.”
The House Committee on Education & Labor oversees federal programs and initiatives dealing with education at all levels. It also holds jurisdiction over labor policies, workforce development, job training and worker retirement security issues.
“Workforce development, job training, expanding access to post-high school education – these are all issues critically important to Ninth District middle class families,” said Congressman Meuser. “The Education and Labor Committee will be ground zero for Congress’ efforts to make sure American workers have the education and skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century.”
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Congressman Dan Meuser to the Committee on Education and Labor,” said Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the top Republican on the Committee. “Rep. Meuser is a strong conservative voice for Pennsylvania’s 9th District, and I look forward to working with him on behalf of the American people.”
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee oversees the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA hospitals and medical care, veterans’ benefits, cemeteries, job training programs and other veterans-related initiatives. The committee has a long history of bipartisan legislative achievement, effectively passing reforms that improve care and benefits for the nation’s veterans.
“Tens of thousands of Ninth District residents who have served our nation in uniform rely on the VA for medical care, benefits, and a host of other services,” said Congressman Meuser. “VA medical facilities like the hospitals in Lebanon and Luzerne Counties, as well as clinics in Schuylkill and Berks Counties, provide critical needed care to thousands of Pennsylvanians. This committee will enable me to be their voice and help ensure our veterans are getting the level of customer service and treatment they deserve.”
“I am thrilled to welcome all of our new Republican Committee Members,” said Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), the ranking Republican on the Committee. “We are lucky to have such outstanding members, like Dan Meuser, on our Committee this year. I know that Dan will be a great advocate for our nation’s veterans, especially those of Pennsylvania. I look forward to working with him and the other members of the Committee this Congress.
The House Budget Committee is responsible for setting a framework of annual spending, revenue, deficit and debt levels. These levels, set in an annual budget resolution, directs Congress to hit certain overall spending and revenue targets each fiscal year. The committee also tracks the budgetary effects of legislative action.
“I am looking forward to being a voice for fiscal restraint and demonstrating the fiscal responsibility Americans want to see,” said Congressman Meuser. “I’m committed to bringing our spending in line with revenues and ensuring future generations of Americans are not saddled with the burden of massive debt.”
Budget Committee Ranking Member Steve Womack said, "I'm excited to welcome Rep. Dan Meuser to the House Budget Committee for the 116th Congress. Dan’s dedication to conservative values and experience as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Revenue will be an asset as we continue to focus on our unsustainable debt. We have a moral obligation to the next generation to get our fiscal house in order, and representatives like Dan will be integral to achieving this objective. I look forward to working together to address our nation’s challenges.”
Congressman Meuser’s subcommittee assignments for each panel will be determined and announced soon. The House Steering Committee is responsible for recommending Members to serve on standing Committees in the House of Representatives.