Rep. Chris Murphy has been named to the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee–a spot both Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Rep. John Larson lobbied for him to have. From a press release:
Murphy released the following statement on his selection:
“I am thrilled to have been appointed to a committee that will allow me to play a major role in expanding access to health care, combating global warming, and making our country truly energy independent. In particular, health care reform has always been an issue central to my public service, and this appointment gives me an opportunity to continue the work I started as Chair of the Public Health Committee in Hartford.
“For the first time in over a decade, Connecticut will have a seat on one of the most influential committees in Congress. Under the leadership of Chairman Henry Waxman and President-Elect Obama, the Energy and Commerce Committee will be at the center of the most important policy debates of the next two years. I look forward to being Connecticut’s voice at the table as we construct landmark health care and energy reform legislation.
Murphy will now have the opportunity to have a voice on major health care and economic legislation.
Connecticut is well-represented on major House committees. Rep. Larson sits on Ways and Means, Rep. DeLauro sits on both Appropriations and Budget, and Rep. Courtney sits on Armed Services.