Welch announces Congress assignments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont) has received his subcommittee assignments for the 112th Congress. Welch was appointed two weeks ago to his first term on the Committee on Agriculture and to his third on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Welch will join the following Agriculture subcommittees.

The Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture has jurisdiction over rural development, farm security and family farming matters, biotechnology, foreign agriculture assistance and trade promotion programs.

The Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management has jurisdiction over programs and markets related to agricultural and energy commodities, commodity exchanges, the Commodity Credit Corporation, risk management, crop insurance and specialty crops.

He will join the following Oversight and Government Reform subcommittees:

The Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations has jurisdiction over national security, homeland security, foreign operations, immigration and emergency management.

The Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs has jurisdiction over financial and monetary policy; banking, housing and insurance regulation; financial crisis and rescues; and tax policy.

Additionally, Welch will serve on the House leadership team as a Chief Deputy Whip for Democrats. Welch was appointed to this post by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

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