WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee this week appointed Rep. Greg Stanton to serve on two committees that are essential to Arizona: Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary.
“Arizona is one of the fastest-growing states in the country, and we have real infrastructure needs,” said Stanton. “I look forward to working with communities across the state to make sure their needs – from aviation to public transit to water – are heard loud and clear in Washington.”
Infrastructure priorities are familiar to the former mayor, who has long been a champion of greater investment to prepare for the Valley – and state’s – growth. In 2015, Stanton successfully led one of the most ambitious transportation initiatives in the country – a bipartisan, voter-backed plan that is now working to expand Phoenix’s light rail system and improve thousands of miles of roadways over the next 35 years. As mayor, he led efforts to invest more than $2 billion to modernize and expand Sky Harbor International Airport and secure multiple landmark agreements to protect Phoenix’s water supply against drought.
Stanton also sought an appointment to the Judiciary Committee because of its jurisdiction over immigration issues. He has long-pushed for comprehensive, common-sense immigration reforms including the DREAM Act.
Background on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads. The Committee also has jurisdiction over other aspects of national infrastructure such as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the management of federally owned real estate and public buildings, the development of economically depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, and hazardous materials transportation.
The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee includes six subcommittees:
- Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
- Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
- Highways and Transit
- Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
- Water Resources and the Environment
Background on Judiciary Committee
The House Judiciary Committee is charged with overseeing the administration of justice within the federal courts, administrative agencies and Federal law enforcement. It is also responsible for impeachments of federal officials. Issues that come before the Committee include antitrust, border security, civil justice, the Constitution, copyright, crime, government oversight, immigration, intellectual property, national security, overcriminalization, and patent and trademark.
- The House Judiciary Committee includes five subcommittees:
- Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
- Constitution and Civil Justice
- Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
- Immigration and Border Security
- Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law