San Antonio lawmakers land key committee assignments in new Congress

January 22, 2015
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U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar will be the only Texas Democrat to serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee this term.

The six-term lawmaker from Laredo, who represents parts of San Antonio, has been appointed to the Subcommittee forHomeland Security during the 114th Congress. From there he will review funding for the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Office of Domestic Preparedness Funding.

Cuellar will also serve on the Subcommittee for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, where he will review funding for highways, airports, railways, bridges and other infrastructure, as well as housing and urban development projects.

"Our nation's transportation infrastructure is at a crucial crossroads where we must decide the most efficient way to allocate federal dollars to improve crumbling bridges and roads badly in need of updates," Cuellar said in a statement. "As America receives threats from all over the world, our nation must also prioritize Homeland Security to keep our citizens and the ideals we stand for safe."

Other members of the San Antonio congressional delegation include:

• U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D) who serves on the House Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over all tax and trade measures, as well as Social Security and Medicare. He is ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources, which has jurisdiction over issues that relate to child care, child and family services, child support, foster care, adoption, and unemployment compensation. He also is a member of the Social Security Subcommittee and Oversight Subcommittee.

• U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R), the senior member of the delegation, who chairs the Science, Space, and Technology Committee and serves on the Judiciary Committee and Homeland Security Committee

• U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D), who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee

• Newly elected U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R), who will serve on the Homeland Security Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.