Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

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The Committee on Environment and Public Works is a United States Senate committee responsible for dealing with matters related to the environment and infrastructure.

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Members

MemberPartyState
Barbara BoxerDCA
Max BaucusDMT
Thomas R. CarperDDE
Frank LautenbergDNJ
Ben CardinDMD
Bernie SandersIVT
Amy KlobucharDMN
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI
Tom UdallDNM
Jeff MerkleyDOR
Kirsten GillibrandDNY
James M. InhofeROK
George VoinovichDIN
David VitterRLA
John BarrassoRWY
Arlen SpecterRME
Mike CrapoRID
Kit BondROH
Lamar AlexanderRTN


Subcommittees

Previous committee membership

110th Congress (2007-2008)

Members of the
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works,
110th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:


Subcommittee on Public Sector Solutions to Global Warming, Oversight and Children's Health Protection

Members of the
Subcommittee on Public Sector Solutions to Global Warming, Oversight and Children's Health Protection,
110th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:


Subcommittee on Private Sector and Consumer Solutions to Global Warming and Wildlife Protection

Members of the
Subcommittee on Private Sector and Consumer Solutions to Global Warming and Wildlife Protection,
110th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:


Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health

Members of the
Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health,
110th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:


Subcommittee on Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security and Water Quality

Members of the
Subcommittee on Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security and Water Quality,
110th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:


109th Congress (2005-2006)

Members of the
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works,
109th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:


History

2007 control shifts

After the 2006 elections, Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) announced his intention to seek the position of Ranking Member on the EPW committee, a direct challenge to outgoing chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who would normally retain his position as the highest-ranked member of his party on the committee. The change would be significant because, due to the Democratic control of the Senate beginning in 2007, the likely incoming chair is Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Boxer has called global warming a dire threat and Warner has called for action to combat it. Inhofe, in contrast, has repeatedly called global warming a hoax. [1]

Investigation of CDC testimony

Senate Democrats wanted to investigate the circumstances involved in the editing of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Julie L. Gerberding's written testimony to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on "climate change and public health." The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) removed several sections of the testimony that detailed how global warming would affect Americans and they questioned whether Gerberding's statements matched those released this year by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "It is important to note that the edits made to the written testimony document did not alter or affect my messages to the Senate committee," she said. "I was perfectly happy with the testimony I gave to the committee, and was very pleased for the opportunity to have a frank and candid discussion with the Senate committee on the public health issues associated with climate change." However, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) still demanded that a copy of all drafts and comments of the testimony be sent to OMB or other offices."[1]

Articles and Resources

Wikipedia also has an article on Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

References

  1. Juliet Eilperin, "Sen. Boxer Seeks Answers On Redacted Testimony," The Washington Post, October 26, 2007.

External articles

External resources

Contact information

Committee Web site

  • Majority staff office - (202) 224-6176
  • Minority staff office - (202) 224-8832
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