Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Congressman Bob Turner Appointed to Veterans' Affairs, Foreign Affairs & Homeland Security Committees

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09) was appointed to three House Committees including the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Committee on Homeland Security.

“I am very excited to be appointed to three important House committees,” said Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09). “I look forward to working with Chairman Miller, Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman King and my fellow committee members as I get to work representing the constituents of New York’s 9th congressional district and those affected by the decisions of each of these committees.”

Turner, a veteran himself, was appointed to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs where he will serve with Chairman Jeff Miller. The committee evaluates current laws and reports bills and amendments to strengthen the laws concerning veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs including health care, disability compensation, GI Bill education, home loan guarantees, life insurance policies, and veterans’ cemeteries.

“I am delighted to have Rep.Turner join the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. As a veteran himself, he will not only be an advocate for the veterans of New York, but on behalf of all of our veterans,” stated Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “Together we will continue our work to ensure America’s veterans and their families receive the benefits they have rightfully earned.”

Additionally, Turner will serve on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs with Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The committee is responsible for the oversight of and legislation relating to national security, war powers, deployment of U.S. Armed Forces, enforcement of international sanctions, international law enforcement, foreign assistance, the Peace Corps, and the promotion of democracy.

“Congressman Turner is joining a GOP Committee roster that it committed to aggressively addressing threats to our national security and standing up for American interests, allies, and values abroad. Bob will be a great addition and I am pleased to have him on board,” Chairman Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement released today.

Finally, Turner was appointed to the House Committee on Homeland Security where he will serve with fellow member of the New York Congressional delegation, Chairman Peter King. The House Committee on Homeland Security was established in 2002 to provide Congressional oversight for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and to protect the United States from terrorist attacks.

“Rep. Bob Turner’s appointment to the Homeland Security Committee is fantastic news for New York. I look forward to working with Congressman Turner to make sure that New York receives the funding it needs to protect us from terror threats abroad and at home. Bob Turner knows that New York is the number one target - He is a fighter and will be a tremendous asset to our region and this Congress.”

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