Larsen Secures Spot on House Small Business Committee</A

Jan 24, 2007

 

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA -02) announced that he has secured a seat on the House Small Business Committee for the 110th Congress. Larsen will also maintain his permanent seats on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I).

“One of my top priorities has always been to help create family wage jobs in our region,” said Larsen. “The vast majority of businesses in my district are small businesses, and I’m excited for the opportunity to broaden my work serving our small businesses and promoting economic development for Washington state. As a member of the Small Business Committee, I’ll work hard to improve access to capital, increase funding for small business development centers and find ways to increase export opportunities for small businesses in the Northwest.”

The 110th Congress will be the first time Larsen has served on the House Small Business Committee. He has served on the House Armed Services Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since he was first elected to Congress in 2000.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to serve the military men and women in my district – including those serving at Naval Station Everett and Whidbey Naval Air Station – and across the country as a member of the House Armed Services Committee.” said Larsen. “It’s an honor to serve on this important committee as we address some of our nation’s most critical challenges, from making sure our women and men in the military get the resources they need, to working to secure nuclear material around the globe.”

In this Congress, Larsen will serve on the Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee and the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee.

“On the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’ll keep bringing to the attention of Congress the transportation challenges unique to the Puget Sound area,” said Larsen, “I’m particularly excited to join the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee where I’ll serve as an advocate for our region’s vital maritime economy.”

Larsen will serve on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee as well as the Aviation Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the 110th Congress.

While Larsen secured slots on the House Armed Services Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Small Business Committee, his temporary waiver to serve on the House Agriculture Committee was not extended for the 110th Congress. Larsen was the first Member of Congress from western Washington to serve on the House Agriculture Committee in over 50 years.

“I’m disappointed that I won’t be serving on the Agriculture Committee, but I’ll never stop fighting for Western Washington’s family farms and for Washington agriculture and I’m confident that I’ll keep delivering results for our region,” said Larsen. 

“Congressman Rick Larsen will continue to be a strong voice for agriculture and rural affairs, and I will continue to seek out his advice about the important issues affecting agriculture in the Pacific Northwest as we write the farm bill and address other important issues,” said Agriculture Committee Chairman Colin Peterson (D-MN) “I appreciate Congressman Larsen’s dedication to agriculture issues and know that he will continue to represent the state of Washington with distinction.”

Larsen will continue to focus on agriculture issues as Co-chair of the House Dairy Farmers Caucus and as a member of the Specialty Crops Caucus and the House Hunger Caucus. 

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