The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources plays a critical role in managing our nation’s public lands, including the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service. The committee also has jurisdiction over U.S. territories, nuclear waste policy and crafting laws that could help us shift towards cleaner energy production and more efficient uses of energy – both of which would lead to a reduction in carbon.
Senator Heinrich serves on the full committee and also as chairman of the Military Construction (MILCON), Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, which oversees funding for new military construction and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Military construction (MILCON) funding enables the U.S. Department of Defense and the military services to plan, design, and build hospitals, dormitories, schools, child development centers, runways and other projects both within the United States and around the world. These modern facilities support military readiness and increase the quality of life for service members and their families. Senator Heinrich also serves on the following Appropriations Subcommittees: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Energy and Water Development; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; and Legislative Branch.
The Select Committee on Intelligence is dedicated to overseeing the United States’ intelligence community. This responsibility includes performing an annual review of the intelligence budget by the president and the preparation of legislation authorizing appropriations for the various civilian and military agencies and departments comprising the intelligence community.
A strong middle class leads to a healthy and vibrant economy. As the Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, Senator Heinrich plays a role that allows me to promote policies that foster job creation through innovation and encourage the use of energy efficient technology. The committee consists of members from both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives and helps provide citizens and lawmakers with critical information on the health of the U.S. economy and often examines how government can better work for the middle class.