January 29, 2009

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Announces her Senate Committees

Gillibrand will serve on the Committee on Environment and Public Works, the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Committee on Foreign Relatiosn

Washington, DC--Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that she will serve on the Environment and Public Works Committee, Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and Foreign Relations Committee.

"I am thrilled by these committee assignments and their diversity will help me serve New York State in numerous ways," said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee has jurisdiction over transportation and infrastructure funding, clean air, water, and energy legislation, global warming and superfund sites.  Funds allocated by the EPW committee can help the State of New York close its budget deficit, help reduce property taxes and build new infrastructure across the state.

"This year, the EPW committee will re-write the transportation bill and water resources bills and I intend to use my spot on the committee to make sure that New York gets a larger share of the federal resources available. NY traditionally gets a return of $0.79 for every dollar we send to Washington. I want to work to fix that and correct the imbalance," said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

"These committee assignments will really help in our fight to make sure New York gets its fair share of funding and they complement the committees I serve on, greatly enhancing New York's position in Washington," said Senator Charles Schumer.

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry oversees issues facing America's low-income communities as well as farmers.  The committee has oversight over nutrition programs such as food stamps and the women's, infant's and children (WIC) feeding program.  It also oversees farm support programs, conservation programs, forestry programs, the commodity futures trading commission, and rural development.

"The Agriculture committee has a little bit for everyone in New York, from funding for low-income families that need food assistance, to programs to support the growing organics markets, to technical assistance and insurance for the vineyards of Long Island and the dairy farms of Western New York," said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is responsible for overseeing the agencies that establish and carryout America's foreign agenda.  As a member of this committee, Senator-designee Gillibrand will protect New York from terrorism and work to strengthen America's relationships with foreign nations.

"New York is the most international city in the US, and this committee will not only give me a better understanding of the threats we face abroad, but also help develop solutions that will protect our city and the families that live here," said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.