WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, has been selected for two important committee leadership positions: Vice Chairman of the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development.
“Americans are looking to the new administration and Congress for answers to many pressing issues facing our nation,” said Guthrie. “It is an honor to be selected to serve as a leader on these two key committees. With Obamacare repeal and replacement and the Higher Education Act reauthorization at the top of our list of priorities, I look forward to getting to work for Kentuckians.”
The Health Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Guthrie was selected to serve as Vice Chair of the subcommittee by full Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (OR-02). Guthrie will also serve as a member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.
“Brett got off to a strong start as Vice Chair of the Health Subcommittee last Congress, and I’m excited that we’ll continue to benefit from his leadership as we tackle some of the most critical issues facing our nation,” said Chairman Walden. “Health care is a central focus in this new year and our Health Subcommittee will be well equipped for the work ahead.”
Guthrie was selected to chair the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee by full Education and Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05). The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Higher Education Act and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the laws governing our higher education and workforce development systems.
“We are very fortunate to have a leader like Chairman Guthrie driving our efforts to improve higher education and build a stronger, more competitive workforce,” said Chairwoman Foxx. “Brett has long been a dedicated and hardworking member of this committee, respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. His ability to build consensus among his colleagues and deliver positive, commonsense solutions will be instrumental in the important work that lies ahead.”