Bishop Back on Important Armed Services Committee
"This is good news for me, and hopefully good news for our district" Congressman Bishop said. "With the majority of Utah's military structure and personnel in the First District, being on the Armed Services Committee is critical. There are good things to be done for Hill Air Force Base, for our other installations, and for those who fight to keep us safe and free, and the Armed Services Committee is where I need to be right now to do that."
The spot on Armed Services represents a return to that panel for the 3rd term lawmaker. Representative Bishop held a seat on that committee during his first term, but went on leave from the committee for his second to serve on the exclusive House Rules Committee. He returns now with his seniority intact.
The powerful House Armed Services Committee, the largest authorizing committee in Congress, is responsible for funding and oversight of the Department of Defense and the United States Armed Forces. The committee has jurisdiction over the nation's entire multi-billion dollar defense budget, including spending and issues affecting America's military installations, personnel, procurement, military research, development and readiness.
As part of the announcement today, Mr. Bishop also indicated he has earned positions on the House Resources Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee. In response to these posts, the representative from northern Utah commented, "These committees affect Utah, for better or worse, and so I want to make sure those impacts are positive. With all the public lands in Utah, the Resources panel plays a key role in the future of our state. And as a former teacher and resident of a state that cares deeply about educating its kids, I hope the Education Committee will be a helpful spot to be as well."
Congressman Bishop will jump back into committee work immediately, with the most time-sensitive and significant work coming first in the Armed Services Committee. That group will meet today to hear testimony from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the way forward in Iraq.