Kaptur Selected to Chair House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies

January 25, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement after she was selected by her Democratic colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to again serve as Chairwoman of the influential House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. Rep. Kaptur first assumed the Subcommittee’s gavel in 2019, the first woman in the history of the House to serve in the position.


“Serving as the Chairwoman on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development has been an honor and a privilege – I look forward to continuing in that role to strengthen America’s clean energy future, rebuild and maintain our nation’s critical energy and water infrastructure, protect our environmental resources, and invest in high-quality jobs here at home,” said Rep. Kaptur. “As Chairwoman of the Subcommittee during the 116th Congress, I crafted and shepherded the Energy and Water Appropriations bills through Congress, which were the most significant climate change bills signed into law in 2019 and 2020. With President Joe Biden making the transition to clean energy a founding priority of his Administration, and with Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, I am confident our Subcommittee will be able to achieve even greater progress for our country and planet in the years to come. As before, I will continue my fight to improve the lives of the American people by implementing an agenda that will put the health and longevity of our communities and planet first, increase funding for renewable energy programs and research, and vigorously defend our priceless natural resources, including the Great Lakes, from contamination and the ever increasing threat of climate change. I thank my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee for entrusting me with this important responsibility.”  


The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development has jurisdiction over funding levels for the Department of Energy, Office of Civil Defense, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and related agencies such as the Appalachian Regional Commission, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Nuclear Water Technical Review Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority and other regional authorities.


As Chairwoman, Rep. Kaptur will guide the Subcommittee’s agenda and help craft annual funding bills for the departments, agencies, and vital programs under its jurisdiction. Rep. Kaptur strongly believes in the good that robust investment in these agencies can achieve for Americans across the country, especially in her northern Ohio district. Fostering job growth in renewable energy research, protecting our precious natural resources such as the Great Lakes, and supporting U.S.-based manufacturing through investment in our nation’s energy infrastructure and waterways, especially those connecting communities in the Great Lakes Region to the Atlantic Ocean, continue to be Rep. Kaptur’s highest priorities.


In the 117th Congress, Rep. Kaptur will also serve as a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Defense, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Central Intelligence Agency, as well as the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, which has jurisdiction over the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Forest Service.