Congressman Blum Named Chairman of Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade

Rep. Blum also maintains post on House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

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Washington, DC, January 18, 2017 | comments

Today Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) announced that he will chair the Small Business Committee subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade for the 115th Congress, as well as continue his role on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for a second term.

“It’s an honor to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade as a new member of the Small Business Committee,” said Congressman Blum. “These issues are critical to both the 1st District and the entire State of Iowa, and I look forward to leading the subcommittee as we promote policies that will reignite our economy. I am also excited to continue my work exposing waste, fraud, and abuse within the federal government on the Oversight Committee, where I will continue to make protecting and advocating for whistleblowers a top priority of mine.”

“Throughout his first term in Congress, Rod Blum has shown himself to be a true friend and advocate for small businesses in Iowa and across our nation,” said Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot. “In just his few first days on the Small Business Committee, Congressman Blum has already been a great source of ideas and enthusiasm. His own small business experience makes him a great fit to lead our Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee, and we can’t wait to get to work.” 

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has legislative jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, the government procurement process, federal personnel systems, the Postal Service and other matters. The committee's primary responsibility, however, is oversight of virtually everything government does – from national security to homeland security grants, from federal workforce policies to regulatory reform and reorganization authority, from information technology procurements at individual agencies to government-wide data security standards.

The House Small Business Committee was established as a permanent standing committee in 1975 to protect and assist small businesses.  As such, the Committee has jurisdiction over matters related to small business financial aid, regulatory flexibility, and paperwork reduction. Additionally, the House Small Business Committee has oversight and legislative authority over the Small Business Administration (SBA) and its programs.

The Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade will address policies that enhance rural economic growth, increasing America’s energy independence and ensuring that America’s small businesses can compete effectively in a global marketplace.   

Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman from Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Oversight and Small Business Committees and chair of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade.


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