Rep. Newhouse Selected as Vice-Chair of Energy Subcommittee for House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

January 13, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) was named Vice-Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee for the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Rep. Newhouse also met today with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Director Michael Kluse to discuss the PNNL and federal energy research in Central Washington. Statements from Representative Newhouse, Lab Director Kluse, and House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) follow:

Rep. Newhouse: “I am honored by this exciting opportunity to serve as Vice-Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee, and I would like to thank Chairman Smith. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Hanford Site position Central Washington as a leading region in the development of groundbreaking clean energy and nuclear waste management technologies. As Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee, I will advocate for our Lab and bring Central Washington’s point of view on the continuing benefits and the necessity of developing and applying advanced energy technologies.”

Director Kluse: "I'm thrilled that Rep. Newhouse will serve as the Vice Chair of the Energy Subcommittee.  I look forward to working with him in this important role as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory delivers impactful science and technology to the nation’s energy agenda."

Chairman Smith: “With vital energy research conducted in his congressional district at DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Dan Newhouse brings an important perspective to his new role as vice-chairman of the Energy Subcommittee. We have important work ahead of us in the 114th Congress. As we take on issues that will shape our nation’s energy future, the Committee will benefit from Rep. Newhouse’s leadership. I look forward to working closely with Rep. Newhouse to promote policies that will ensure Americans have access to abundant, clean and affordable energy.”

The Energy Subcommittee has jurisdiction over matters relating to non-defense federal research and development programs, laboratories overseen by the Department of Energy, and commercial application of energy technology. The Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over nuclear, solar, and renewable energy; alternate fuels; nuclear waste management and oversight of the Department of Energy.