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Rep. Lee Zeldin Named Vice Chairman of House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation

January 27, 2015
Press Release
Also Announces Two Other Subcommittee Appointments

Washington, DC- Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C- NY-1), member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, announced today that he has been selected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation. This important subcommittee has jurisdiction over all aspects of civil aviation, including safety, infrastructure, labor, commerce, and international issues, including agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Congressman Zeldin said, “Serving as a freshman in the New York State Senate in 2011 taught me how to leverage being a freshman in the majority to deliver results for my district. I have carried these lessons to Washington with me this month and have secured important committee, subcommittee and other leadership responsibilities so that I can be in the best possible position to advocate for my constituents. As Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation, I have tried to position my office so that we can have an active role in the FAA reauthorization effort this year and can address the concerns of my district and our entire region. I do not take this responsibility lightly and will advocate strongly to ensure the voice of my constituents is heard and acted upon."
Congressman Zeldin was also appointed to serve on two other important subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and the Subcommittee on Railroad, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.
The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation has jurisdiction over regulation of ocean shipping and the merchant marine, with the exception of national security matters, and the Coast Guard, which enforces United States’ laws on our country’s waters. This includes missions such as search and rescue, illegal drug and migrant interdiction, oil spill prevention and response, maritime safety and security, maintaining aids to navigation, icebreaking, and enforcement of U.S. fisheries and marine pollution laws.
The Subcommittee on Railroad, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials has jurisdiction over the economic and safety regulation of railroads and the agencies that administer those regulations, including the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Surface Transportation Board (STB).
The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) said, “Congressman Zeldin is a welcome addition to the Transportation Committee and three of our subcommittees.  We have a number of important items on our agenda this Congress, and Congressman Zeldin’s perspective and input will benefit our work to help improve the infrastructure, economy, and competitiveness of his district and our nation.”
“As a representative and advocate for my constituents on Long Island, serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee will provide me an added ability to deliver victories for my district," said Congressman Zeldin. "The subcommittees I was appointed to have jurisdiction over many federal agencies that play a direct role in the issues we face here on Long Island, including the protection of our shoreline and fishing industry, our ongoing Superstorm Sandy recovery and the helicopter noise challenges and air traffic controller consolidation.”