McAllister receives prime committee assignments in U.S. House

New U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister said he was admittedly aiming high in seeking a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, but the congressman said Wednesday he is still happy with his new committee assignments.

McAllister, R-Swartz, will serve on both the House Agriculture Committee and the Natural Resource Committee. He is the only Louisiana member of the delegation to sit on the Agriculture Committee.

“Louisiana has vast interests in both agriculture and natural resources, so I am very excited to serve as Louisiana’s voice on these committees,” McAllister said in the announcement.

Dating back to his campaign, McAllister has repeatedly said that agriculture will represent a top priority for him.

“Historically, culturally, and economically, agriculture is the backbone of Louisiana’s economy,” he continued. “When decisions are being made that could impact the lives, jobs, or health of the people of Louisiana, I am thankful to have the opportunity to stand up for them.”

Likewise, the Natural Resources Committee has jurisdiction over issues including energy and water, public lands, mineral rights, environmental regulation, and wildlife and fisheries.

“Louisiana is among America’s richest states in natural resources, and Louisianians depend on Washington adopting smart strategies to utilize and protect these precious resources,” McAllister said.

“Vance understands the importance of responsible American energy production and the job and economic benefits it not only brings to his state, but to our entire country, said Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., who chairs the committee.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, said in a prepared statement: “Vance shares my commitment to American energy security, and his background will be a strong asset to the natural resources committee as we work to expedite revenue sharing and expand oil production to restore our coast and grow Louisiana’s economy.”