WASHINGTON – House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) announced Monday that Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) will serve as the senior Republican on the Committee’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Development for the 117th Congress. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over matters relating to the development of the nation’s water resources such as ports and waterways, conservation and management, coastal storm damage reduction projects critical to our beaches, water pollution control, and hazardous waste cleanup. As the Subcommittee’s Ranking Member, Rouzer will play a key role in the drafting of the Water Resources Development Act, legislation passed by Congress that authorizes investments in our harbors, seaports, and inland waterways, and on flood damage prevention and mitigation efforts including beach restoration and nourishment.
“I am honored and humbled to be named ranking member of this important subcommittee, and I look forward to serving my colleagues in the House as we work to address the many water resource development and infrastructure needs across the country,” said Congressman Rouzer. “The government should work for the people — not against them. We must continue to press for reforms to streamline and bring common sense to the forefront at the agencies for which this subcommittee has jurisdiction. This includes bringing greater focus and attention to mitigation efforts that will better protect property, enhance conservation efforts, and save precious taxpayer dollars when natural disasters hit.”
“Congressman Rouzer is an ideal choice to lead the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee for Republicans in the House of Representatives,” said Committee Ranking Member Graves. “He has been involved heavily in the Subcommittee’s work since he came to Congress in 2015, and his expertise in these issues will be vital as we work to improve America’s ports, waterways, flood protection, and other water resources infrastructure in the coming years.”
Rouzer’s position will also give North Carolina’s agriculture sector an even stronger voice on the panel as it considers flood mitigation, waterway issues, and environmental protection legislation.
“Congressman David Rouzer is a champion for rural America and agriculture,” said Congressman G.T. Thompson, the lead Republican on the House Agriculture Committee. “We are fortunate to have such an agriculture advocate appointed to be the Republican Leader for the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. Water sources are absolutely critical to the agriculture industry.”
Rouzer has served on the Transportation Committee since joining Congress in 2015. He will also continue to serve on the House Agriculture Committee where he was named the top Republican to lead the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture from the outset of his first term until the end of this past Congress.