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Charlie Crist subcommittees oversee defense, science and general government

Charlie Crist received three key House Appropriations Committee subcommittee appointments, covering defense, NOAA, NASA, special counsel.

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.”


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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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