From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
WASHINGTON — Alabama’s congressman for the sixth district, Gary Palmer, has been appointed to several prominent committees in the House of Representatives. Palmer will now be serving in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
“I’m honored to serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and look forward to working with my colleagues,” Palmer said. “Especially Ranking Member Sam Graves, to address our nation’s crumbling infrastructure problems. Infrastructure is a bipartisan and national priority, and I hope that we can address a number of pressing issues like completing construction of the Northern Beltline.
“Serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will allow me to pick up right where I left off during the last Congress. As part of my work as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs, I started meeting with state and local government officials to discuss high-priority issues that are affected by onerous federal regulations. These meetings included individuals from the Alabama Department of Transportation, county engineers, elected officials and representatives of the regional planning commissions. I believe that we can develop ways to streamline funding for infrastructure improvements and deal with regulations and permitting issues from the EPA and other agencies that drive up costs.”
The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee serves as the authorization committee for a number of areas including aviation, federal highways and bridges, mass transit, clean water and waste management, and disaster relief. Agencies under the committee’s jurisdiction include the Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition to serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Palmer serves as the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee.