LaHood named to defense appropriations subcommittee
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Congressman believes assignment can assist Springfield air base in
transitioning to new mission
[FEB. 13, 2006]
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, a
member of the House Appropriations Committee since 2001, has been
named by Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., as a member of the Defense
Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee. Lewis announced new
subcommittee assignments Wednesday following recommendations from
the Republican Steering Committee. The House of Representatives is
expected to formally adopt the steering committee's recommendation.
LaHood played a lead role in community efforts in support of
Peoria's 182nd Air Support Wing and Springfield's 183rd Fighter Wing
during the most recent round of the Base Closure and Realignment
Commission. While the 183rd had the unit's planes taken away under
BRAC, the base stays open and LaHood has vowed to help find
alternative missions and uses for the base.
"I would like to thank
Chairman Lewis for the opportunity to serve on this subcommittee,"
LaHood said. "The 182nd and the 183rd are so vital to the people of
central Illinois and the entire country. By serving on this
subcommittee I will be able to be an advocate for those bases from
the very beginning of the appropriations process every year.
Additionally, with facilities such as the Rock Island Arsenal and
Scott Air Force Base, I plan to be an advocate for all our military
women and men in Illinois. It is a true honor for me to work in
Congress on behalf of the military, especially during a time when we
are asking our military forces to do so much around the world in the
defense of freedom."
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Due to his assignment to the Defense Subcommittee, LaHood will no
longer serve on the Homeland Security Subcommittee or the
Science-State-Justice-Commerce Subcommittee. LaHood will retain his
service on the Agriculture Subcommittee
[News release from
Rep. Ray LaHood,
18th Congressional District]