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Puerto Rico congresswoman to lead Republicans on Insular Affairs in Natural Resources Committee

By on January 30, 2019

Rep. Jenniffer González (Courtesy)

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner, Rep. Jenniffer González Colón, was selected to serve as Republican leader for Insular Affairs in the House Committee on Natural Resources. Additionally, the congresswoman will serve as a member of the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

The Natural Resources Committee Republican delegation, led by former Chairman Rob Bishop, announced Wednesday during the committee’s first organizational meeting its subcommittee leadership team.

In the last congressional session, González-Colón served as vice chair of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs. However, the newly adopted rules of the Natural Resources Committee eliminated this subcommittee. Issues pertaining to the insular areas will now fall under the jurisdiction of the full committee.  Consequently, the resident commissioner will take the lead on the Republican side when the committee holds hearings or considers issues impacting Puerto Rico and the rest of the U.S. territories.

Meanwhile, as Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva will handle all matters regarding the U.S. territories. He will be joined by Rep. Gregorio Kilili Sablan of the Northern Mariana Islands, who will serve as vice chair for Insular Affairs.

The Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife will also have jurisdiction over important matters for Puerto Rico, including fisheries, coastal and marine issues, oceanography and ocean technologies, and coastal zone management.  The subcommittee will also oversee wildlife-related measures, the Endangered Species Act, and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will have primary oversight and investigative authority on all activities, policies and programs that fall within the Ccommittee’s jurisdiction.

The House Natural Resources Committee met Wednesday for the first time to consider and adopt its rules for the 116th Congress.

The resident commissioner had already been selected to serve as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and as the Republican vice chair for the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues.

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