Crist Retains Seat on Powerful Appropriations Committee
Tapped to Join Veterans Funding Subcommittee
Washington, DC, January 27, 2021
Washington, DC – Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) has once again been selected to serve on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations for the 117th Congress. Rep. Crist will serve on three House Appropriations Subcommittees with jurisdiction on issues critical to Pinellas and Florida – Defense; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies.
The Appropriations Committee is the pre-eminent committee in the House of Representatives, with the broadest jurisdiction and control of spending. It is responsible for allocating funding and resources for most of the functions of the federal government, including protecting our national security, taking care of our veterans, mitigating the effects of climate change, funding innovative health research, improving our infrastructure, and improving access to capital for Pinellas businesses.
Crist has been a member of the Appropriations Committee since 2019, delivering funding wins for Pinellas including $13 million for research and mitigation efforts against red tide and other harmful algal blooms, $25 million for veteran treatment courts to get veterans into treatment instead of jail, and $5 million to get veterans into cutting-edge clinical trials at National Cancer Institutes like Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa – just last year alone!
“I’m proud to continue serving my bosses, the people of Florida’s 13th Congressional District, through my role on the Appropriations Committee. I’m especially thankful to be the newest member on the subcommittee overseeing funding on some of the most critical programs for our neighbors – like improving military family housing and expanding assistance for veterans – under the leadership of my friend and colleague Chairwoman Wasserman Shultz,” said Rep. Crist. “On this Committee, I will continue fighting to better the lives of Pinellas families, small business owners, and veterans. Ready to get to work to deliver on the issues that matter most to my constituents.”
Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Jurisdiction:
In addition to funding for the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, based in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, this subcommittee oversees military family housing assistance, operations, and maintenance, an important issue for MacDill Air Force Base families living in base housing. Congressman Crist has been vocal in championing reform for base housing after reports of mold and other hazardous conditions. This Subcommittee also funds programs to protect and treat veterans, including a Rep. Crist initiative to increase access to clinical trials.
Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Jurisdiction:
Pinellas County is home to over 800 defense companies and their employees, supporting our national defense and nearby MacDill Air Force Base.
Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Jurisdiction:
NOAA oversees fisheries and harmful algae bloom research funding, and the Department of Justice includes veterans treatment court programs and federal marijuana policy, all issues impacting Pinellas County and Florida that Crist has championed in Congress.
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