Moolenaar Returns to Appropriations Committee

January 29, 2019
Press Release

Receives New Assignment on the Committee's Agriculture Subcommittee

Will Continue Working For Michigan’s Priorities Including the Great Lakes and the Soo Locks

Today, Congresswoman Kay Granger of Texas, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, announced that Congressman John Moolenaar will be returning to the committee in the new term.

Moolenaar served on the committee last term and successfully advocated on the panel to fund key Michigan priorities, including annual funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The powerful committee is one of the oldest in Congress and it determines specific funding levels for federal departments, agencies, and programs.

As part of his responsibilities on the committee, Moolenaar will be a member of two subcommittees.

The first subcommittee will have oversight and responsibility for funding the Department of Agriculture, including its Office of Rural Development.

The second subcommittee will have oversight and responsibility for funding the Department Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Education. Congressman Moolenaar served on this subcommittee in the previous term and looks forward to continuing his work there.

Congressman Moolenaar made the following statement on today’s news:

“Agriculture is vital to our state and funding for the Department of Agriculture helps our farmers and our communities, including rural development grants that meet critical needs for local governments. I am excited to serve on the Agriculture subcommittee and support Michigan farmers as they grow and produce food enjoyed here at home and around the world.

“As our state’s senior leader on the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to make sure Michigan’s most important priorities are funded in the years ahead. We must keep up the fight against the opioid crisis and give communities the resources they need to win the battle against addiction. We also need more funding to expand broadband access to residents in rural communities. I will also continue the work I have been doing for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and protect the Lakes for future generations. Finally, I will build on the historic success we had last year with the Soo Locks and work to fund design and construction in the years ahead.”