Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, has been named to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health.
Here’s a statement from his office:
“I’m grateful to Chairman Upton for the trust he is placing in me in appointing me to the Subcommittee on Health,” Griffith stated. “I look forward to working hard on policies to assure that Medicare and Medicaid are viable well into the future, policies regarding Obamacare, and legislation promoting patient access to new, innovative drugs and treatments with FDA reform.”
“Congressman Griffith has been a forceful advocate for Virginians while serving on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “I’m pleased to welcome Congressman Griffith to the Subcommittee on Health, where his dedication to promoting quality, innovative health care will make him a strong asset as the subcommittee continues its important work into the 113th Congress.”
The Subcommittee on Health, which Griffith will join in the 113th Congress, is tasked with overseeing policies pertaining to public health including public and private health insurance, health information technology, the regulation of food, drugs, and cosmetics by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), drug abuse, and biomedical research.
Griffith also serves on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which is responsible for investigating issues that fall under the full Committee’s jurisdiction. In the 112th Congress, the Subcommittee oversaw high-profile investigations that included the recent meningitis outbreak and the bankrupt solar energy company Solyndra.
In addition, Griffith serves on the Subcommittee on Energy and Power which oversees national energy policy including coal, natural gas, power generation, and air emissions. Griffith also brought members of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power to a field hearing in Abingdon, Virginia to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Greenhouse Gas New Source Performance Standards for utilities, which threaten to potentially raise electricity costs.