Congressman and UT Alumnus Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN 3rd District) was appointed yesterday to several critical House Appropriations subcommittees for the 113th Congress. His appointments, made by Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), include positions on the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee, and the Homeland Security Subcommittee.
Rep. Fleischmann’s district includes a key UT interest, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The University of Tennessee manages and operates ORNL through UT-Battelle with enthusiastic and substantial support from the State of Tennessee. The contract to manage the National Laboratory is granted by the U.S. Department of Energy, whose funding is overseen by the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee to which Rep. Fleischmann has just been appointed. The University’s venture with ORNL produces world-leading expertise in the areas of high-performance computing, materials research, and nanotechnology, and pays enormous economic dividends to the region.
Similarly important to the University is Rep. Fleischmann’s appointment to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. This subcommittee oversees funding for the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Labor. These Departments administer programs critical to higher education, such as federal financial aid and direct student loans, and numerous research grants. Fleischmann’s appointment to the Appropriations Committee occurred in November. For more information on this important appointment, click here.
This week, two members of the Tennessee Congressional Delegation were appointed to positions on key committees of interest to the University of Tennessee and the State of Tennessee.
Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) was appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. This committee is especially important to the University and the state given its authority and oversight of key energy programs, such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and overall U.S. Energy policy. Blackburn has served on this committee and some of its critical subcommittees for several years. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, and serves on the Subcommittee on Oversight, Subcommittee on Health and Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
Appointed to the House Appropriations Committee was Representative Chuck Fleischmann (R-Chattanooga). Fleischmann’s appointment to this committee will well position Tennessee’s interests before national policymakers. The committee is widely known as one of the House’s most powerful. Fleischmann is an alumnus of the UT College of Law.
“The appointment of Blackburn and Fleischmann to these committees will reap great benefits for the people of Tennessee. The importance of these two committees to the areas of research, economic development, and quality of life issues cannot be overstated. We are very happy with the appointments of both members and look forward to working with them in their new capacity in the next legislative session,” said Anthony Haynes, UT Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy.
The 113th Congress convenes in January, where Blackburn and Fleischmann will assume these new leadership positions.