Congresswoman Renee Ellmers: Energy and Commerce

This is a busy time in Washington as negotiations continue to avoid the “fiscal cliff” – a problem we will face if nothing is done to exend the Bush tax cuts that expire at the end of the year.

There is also a great deal of activity and excitement leading up to the 113th Congress.  This week, I was very happy to learn that I have been named to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the upcoming term.  In this newsletter you will find more information about this very important congressional committee.

In addition to the work we are doing, there is also activity surrounding the holiday season as we participate in various events and activities to celebrate the season while also serving our communities.  This week, my staff and I signed cards for our troops as part of the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.  In this newsletter you will find information about how you can also participate in this worthwhile program.

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Joining the Energy and Commerce Committee

Last night, I was pleased to learn that Chairman Fred Upton named me to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

I am truly honored. By serving on this committee, I am determined to represent the various interests throughout the state of North Carolina and be an influential voice on behalf of my constituents as I work with my fellow committee members during the 113th Congress

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is considered one of the most powerful committees in Congress and is the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The committee is vested with the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee.

Today it has responsibility for the nation’s telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce. It oversees multiple cabinet-level Departments and independent agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, Commerce, and Transportation, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission.

Honoring Senator Jesse Helms

This week, I was proud to submit H.R. 6607 – a bill to name the Century Post Office in Raleigh as the ‘Jesse Helms Federal Building and United States Courthouse’. Senator Helms was an important advocate and representative of North Carolina throughout his 20 years of service in the United States Senate. This bill will ensure that the work he accomplished for the people of North Carolina will live on and invite future generations to learn about the important work he accomplished for our state.

Below is a statement from Mrs. Dorothy Helms, wife of the late Senator Jesse Helms:

“Today, the entire Helms family was deeply touched to learn that Rep. Renee Ellmers (R, N.C.) introduced a House Resolution which will name the historic Century Post Office in Raleigh as the ‘Jesse Helms Federal Building and United States Courthouse’.  Jesse’s office was located in that very building for most of his Senate career. He was very proud to have his Senate office in that building on Fayetteville Street — Raleigh’s ‘Main Street’.  Jesse was a letter writer throughout his entire life so it’s especially meaningful that the building to be named in his honor contains a post office. We are most humbled by Congress’ consideration of this resolution.”

Remembering Our Troops in the Holiday Season

This week, my staff and I participated in the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program, signing cards to go to our troops serving overseas during the holidays. This is a great way to remember the nation’s military and veterans during the 2012 holiday season. You can participate as welll by visiting the Holiday Mail for Heroes website.