Constituent Services
Congressman Brian Higgins Selected to Sit on House Government Reform Committee
January 26, 2005
Second Committee Assignment Compliments Transportation Committee Seat
Washington, DC—Last night, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) was selected to sit on the House Government Reform Committee.  The committee is the main investigative committee in the House of Representatives.  It has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal policy implications.
“I am honored that I was chosen by my colleagues in the House Democratic Leadership to sit on this prestigious committee,” said Congressman Higgins.  “By participating in its important oversight investigations, I will be able to ensure that Western New Yorkers are not being abused or cheated in any area of the government.  As the only Freshman Democrat to join this prestigious body, I especially look forward to working with Congressman Henry Waxman, the Ranking Member of the committee, who has played a large part in shaping the national Democratic message.  This assignment is a perfect compliment to my assignment on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; with one I will focus on constituent service by making sure my constituents are being are being treated fairly by the federal government, and with the other, I will continue my effort on economic development for my district and all of Western New York.”
The Government Reform Committee addresses many issues that are important to Congressman Higgins’ constituents, including government regulation of prescription drugs, information technology, and our nation’s policies on drug abuse.  The committee also delves into energy policy and natural resources, which will play an important role in the discussion of Western New York’s energy and power capabilities. 
Recent investigations of the Government Reform Committee have included covert propaganda, ethics, Administration oversight, elections, flu vaccine crisis, food safety, HIV/AIDS, Iraq contracting, Iraq intelligence and nuclear evidence, and public health.  Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) has indicated that during the 109th Congress, the committee will tackle issues including drivers’ license security and immigration issues, federal law enforcement pay, narco-terrorism, and dangerous prescription drugs (such as Vioxx).
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