Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist is going to have some direct oversight of budgeting for defense, NASA, NOAA and general government, thanks to new subcommittee assignments he’s received in the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.
Crist, of St. Petersburg, announced three subcommittee assignments Wednesday: Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Jurisdiction:, Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Jurisdiction:, and Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Jurisdiction.
The appointments give him budgetary oversight of several agencies critical to Florida, including the military, NOAA, and NASA, as well as government offices and operations as varied as the White House, the District of Columbia, National Science Foundation, Commission on Civil Rights, Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Special Counsel, and U.S. Postal Service.
“These subcommittees oversee funding for programs critical to Pinellas County, the Tampa Bay region, and entire state – from the defense industry, to harmful algal bloom research, to veterans treatment court programs,” Crist stated in a news release. “I am thankful for this opportunity to serve as the people’s voice, fighting for the programs directly impacting the lives of Floridians and vital to moving our communities forward.”