Jan 14 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Neal Dunn, M.D. (FL-02) made the following statement after being appointed to the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
“I am honored and humbled to serve this nation and Florida’s Second Congressional District on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Committee is at the forefront of innovation in the healthcare, energy and technology sectors, and we must enact policies to allow American entrepreneurship to thrive for decades to come.
As a doctor, I’m passionate about lowering our health care costs and finding commonsense solutions that will strengthen the doctor-patient relationship.
Additionally, we must sustain America’s energy independence and leverage our research assets to spur tech innovation. My constituents have also reached out to me about expanding rural broadband infrastructure to help with the rise in remote work and telehealth. These priorities will not only strengthen our economy and help grow my district but as we saw through Operation Warp Speed, they can save lives. I’m grateful for this incredible opportunity to serve on one of the oldest committees in Congress, and I look forward to using this platform to improve the quality of life for my constituents.”
“I’m excited that Congressman Neal Dunn is joining the Energy and Commerce Committee. It’s the most influential committee in the House, especially in healthcare. Congressman Neal Dunn brings invaluable medical expertise and knowledge that make him a great asset to our team,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Republican Leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
About the House Energy & Commerce Committee:
The Committee on Energy and Commerce is the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and is vested with the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee.
The committee was originally established on December 14, 1795, as the Committee on Commerce and Manufactures when the growing demands of the young nation required that Congress establish a permanent panel to exercise its constitutional authority to “regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States.”
Today, the committee has responsibility for matters including telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health and research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce among others.