| Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he has been assigned to the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Ocean and Insular Affairs and the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs by the U.S. House Democratic Caucus of the House Committee on Natural Resources. The Committee on Natural Resources consists of 26 Republicans and 21 Democrats.
The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Ocean and Insular Affairs has jurisdiction on all issues pertaining to our Insular Areas, including Compact countries, as well as fisheries and wildlife resources. This includes oversight on the budgets for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Office of Insular Affairs within the U.S. Department of Interior, as well as the National Marine Fisheries Service and the specific programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs oversees all matters relating to Native Americans and Alaska Natives. This includes federal policy on tribal recognition, natural resources management on Indian reservation, and all budgetary requests for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other offices and agencies that have functions relating to Native American and Alaska Native affairs.
“Given the national debt crisis our nation faces today, there will be much work to do concerning the priorities and funding for the U.S. Department of Interior,” Faleomavaega said. “This may also include the merging of agencies as part of President Obama’s consolidation plan for the federal government.”
“I’m excited also that my good friend, Colleen Hanabusa, is the new ranking member of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. I look forward to working closely with Colleen, especially with the efforts in ensuring that our Native Hawaiians are given federal recognition.”
“I congratulate Subcommittee Chairmen Fleming and Young as well as Ranking Members Hanabusa and Bordallo for their assignments for the 113th Congress,” Faleomavaega concluded.