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Sen. Hirono Named Water and Power Subcommittee Ranking Member

February 12, 2015, 12:06 PM HST
* Updated February 12, 12:07 PM
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Senator Mazie K. Hirono has been named the Ranking Member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water and Power. She will also serve on the Energy and Public Lands Subcommittees.

“Hardworking middle class families, farmers, and small businesses deserve affordable energy and abundant clean water supplies. I look forward to working with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), the subcommittee’s New Chairman to find bipartisan solutions to meet the needs of a growing sustainable economy in Hawai’i and across the country,” Senator Hirono said.  “In addition to my new leadership role on the Water and Power Subcommittee, I look forward to working with all of my committee colleagues to work on many issues important to Hawai’i including transitioning to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future and building on the tradition of conservation that has gone hand in hand with our economic growth for generations.”

Responsibilities of the Subcommittee on Water and Power include overseeing programs related to irrigation, reclamation projects, including related flood control purposes; power marketing administrations; energy development impacts on water resources; groundwater resources and management; hydroelectric power; low head hydro; and energy related aspects of deepwater ports.

Named earlier this year as the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Seapower, Senator Hirono has also been placed in a position to oversee matters directly relating to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

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