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Abraham appointed to Science, Space and Technology Committee

June 17, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, has been appointed to serve on a third committee, a sign that leaders in the capital recognize the contributions he can make to our nation.

Dr. Abraham will now serve on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Dr. Abraham’s new position will allow him to have input and oversight over all energy research, development and demonstration. He will oversee the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Abraham will sit on the subcommittee on Research and Technology, which oversees grant money for research and development. It is his hope that the position will allow him to steer funding toward the district’s Interstate 20 corridor, which is experiencing a technological boom.

“The types of things our universities are studying and the high-tech jobs that come along with companies like CenturyLink are truly putting the I-20 corridor in the national spotlight. Hopefully this committee assignment will allow me to assist in fostering growth in the region and building on the success that we’ve already seen,” Dr. Abraham said.

Word of Dr. Abraham’s new committee assignment drew immediate excitement from university leaders.

“The appointment of Congressman Abraham to serve on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee is great news for northeast Louisiana. He continues to establish himself as a strong advocate for our region,” said Dr. Nick Bruno, president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. “ULM’s core strengths in the sciences, and outstanding research in the pharmaceutical areas provide the opportunities to build our workforce as commercial, technological, and industrial businesses continue to locate in this region.  ULM is prepared to assist Congressman Abraham in his efforts to improve the quality of life for his entire district.”

“Creating new high-tech business opportunities and economic impacts along the I-20 corridor is at the core of Louisiana Tech's strategic vision for the future,” said Dr. Les Guice, president of Louisiana Tech University. “We are excited that Congressman Abraham will serve on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and can provide a strong voice for building these new opportunities in north Louisiana. Collectively, his advocacy and Louisiana Tech's significant research and development contributions will help to build a stronger region and serve the workforce needs of our industry partners.”

Dr. Abraham will also serve on the subcommittee on the Environment, which provides accountability to the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Abraham has already established himself as an advocate for the people against the EPA’s regulatory overreach by cosponsoring legislation to repeal the Waters of the U.S. rule, which violated the rights of landowners, and by pressuring the EPA to abandon it its plans for a controversial open burn of explosives at Camp Minden.

“This committee assignment will put me in a better position to do what I’ve already been doing in Congress: holding the EPA accountable. We must reign in the EPA’s regulatory overreach, and my seat on this committee will put me in direct position to write legislation that will do just that,” Dr. Abraham said.

Serving on three committees is considered a sign of leadership in Congress. In addition to this committee assignment, Dr. Abraham also its on House Committee on Veterans Affairs and the House Committee on Agriculture.