US Rep. Darren Soto named to House Committee on Energy and Commerce
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, has been appointed to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. It is the oldest, continuous standing committee in the U.S. House and has the broadest jurisdiction of any committee in Congress, overseeing several federal departments and agencies, Soto said in a news release.
The committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, has jurisdiction on such issues as health care, health insurance, food and drug safety, environmental protection, clean air and water, toxic chemicals and hazardous waste, national energy policy and renewable energy and conservation.
Soto also announced reintroduced six bills in the House last week. One would authorize a study of the Kissimmee River for inclusion into the Wild and Scenic Rivers Program, a designation that grants the river critical ecological protections.
Other bills cover programs for mosquito-borne and vector-borne disease surveillance and control; banning transport of lionfish into the country while allowing consumption of lionfish caught in the country; rules on disclosure of hydraulic fracturing; and directing the U.S. Geological Survey to create a public website mapping sinkhole sites.
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