Congressman Francis Rooney has officially become a member of the Environment Subcommittee on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Congressman Rooney joined the House Science Committee just prior to the August recess and participated in his first meeting this week.
Ranking Member Frank Lucas welcomed Congressman Rooney to the Subcommittee. “I’m pleased to have Francis Rooney as a member of our Environment Subcommittee,” said Ranking Member Frank Lucas. “Rep. Rooney has established himself as a strong voice on the issues that impact his district and I look forward to working with him on practical policy solutions to environmental challenges.”
Congressman Rooney stated, “Southwest Florida has a tourism-driven economy that depends on clean water and a healthy environment. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over much of the non-defense, Federal environment research programs that provide innovative solutions to our environmental challenges. One of the biggest challenges for our community is the threat of Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB’s). Serving on this subcommittee will allow for a more precise impact on the solutions to HAB’s and other challenges. I look forward to working with all of my colleagues on the committee to address these environmental challenges including the impacts of offshore drilling, rising sea levels and temperatures, and acidity in our air and waters.”