House Energy Chairwoman Names Johnson Subcommittee Chairman

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, on Wednesday was named chairman of the subcommittee on environment, manufacturing and critical minerals for the 118th Congress by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

The subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes the regulation of solid, hazardous and nuclear wastes, including mining, nuclear, oil, gas and coal combustion waste; emergency environmental response; and all matters related to soil, air and water contamination.

“The Biden administration has continuously used the EPA as the tip of the spear to orchestrate their failed ‘rush to green’ agenda. I look forward to holding this administration accountable for onerous regulations that curtail American energy production, stifle American industry, and threaten our electric grid,” Johnson said in a news release announcing his appointment.

He added that he looked forward to “curbing these abuses and advancing policies that keep our air and water clean, while putting American energy independence and the American people first.”

Rodgers, R-Washington, praised Johnson as an “exceptionally qualified leader on our team” who would help the committee “deliver on the promises we made to the American people” in the same release.

“For 227 years, the Energy and Commerce Committee has led on solutions to keep the promise of America, where we have lifted more people out of poverty and led the world in raising people’s standard of living,” she said. “This Congress, Republicans will continue to honor the committee’s rich history to improve people’s lives and ensure America leads a new era of innovation and entrepreneurship.” 

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.