Congressman will assume leadership role on Military Construction/VA panel

WASHINGTON, DC-U. S. Rep. Roger Wicker has been named ranking minority member of the Military Construction/VA Appropriations Subcommittee. He will become the top Republican on the panel which oversees funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as military construction projects in the U.S. and around the world.

The Subcommittee’s responsibilities encompass wide-ranging activities affecting veterans including health care, construction of VA health facilities, pensions, and benefits.

The Congressman’s seniority on the Committee put him in line to assume the leadership position. He is beginning his seventh term on the Appropriations Committee.

Wicker will also retain his seat on the Defense Subcommittee, where he has helped strengthen the nation’s armed forces and supported key projects to bolster active duty, National Guard, and Reserve functions in Mississippi.

The newly-constituted panel is one of 12 subcommittees that will operate under a reorganization plan formulated at the beginning of the new Congressional session. Wicker will relinquish membership on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee to assume the leadership position on the Military Construction/VA panel.

“I appreciate the confidence entrusted to me in this new role,” Rep. Wicker said. “As an Air Force veteran, I understand the responsibilities and obligations our country owes to the men and women of our armed forces. I look forward to the opportunity to craft legislation that will meet those needs and represent a wise use of our tax dollars,” Rep. Wicker said.