The new chair of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee visited Oak Ridge on Thursday. During his visit, U.S. Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, a New Jersey Republican, toured Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex.
The visit was hosted by Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, a Tennessee Republican whose district includes Oak Ridge.
The House Republican Conference approved Frelinghuysen as the new chair of the critical House Appropriations Committee, which funds the federal missions at Oak Ridge, late last year. Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican, was the former chair.
During his tenure on the committee, Frelinghuysen has served on seven different subcommittees and chaired three panels, a press release said.
Fleischmann is beginning his third term on this vital committee, according to the press release, which was from Fleischmann’s office.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen to Oak Ridge, so he can see firsthand the vital work we are doing in the fields of science, nuclear cleanup, and national security,” Fleischmann said. “As the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee, I look forward to working with Chairman Frelinghuysen to further our common goal of creating a strong future for cities like Oak Ridge.”
“Congress’s first responsibility under the Constitution is to protect the American people,” Frelinghuysen said in the press release. “The men and women of Y-12 and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory continue to do incredibly important work for our national and economic security each and every day. As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, I appreciate the briefing and Chuck Fleischmann’s energetic advocacy. I share his deep commitment to the future of this national treasure.”
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