|Rep. Andre Carson|
Here is the release from the Congressman's Office:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has announced that Congressman André Carson will serve on the powerful House Armed Services Committee, effective immediately.
The Armed Services Committee oversees defense policy, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, counter-drug programs, acquisition and industrial base policy, technology transfer and export controls, joint interoperability, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, Department of Energy nonproliferation programs, and detainee affairs and policy.
“The men and women of our armed services are the truest examples of patriotism and character,” said Congressman Carson. “The policies and programs that impact their work are of critical importance to our national security and the overall success of this nation. I am honored to join the Armed Services Committee and to work with my colleagues as we seek to empower their service and honor their sacrifice.”
Since taking office in 2008, Congressman Carson has had notable legislative success in issues dealing with our armed services. In 2011, two pieces of his legislation were signed into law by President Obama: The Service Members Mental Health Screening Act, which ensures comprehensive evaluation of mental health assessments before and after deployment, and the Military Families Financial Preparedness Act, which provides service members and their spouses with financial counseling before leaving the military.
In addition, Indiana’s 7th District is home to several defense industry companies who employ thousands of workers. With this appointment, Congressman Carson will be able to advocate on behalf of those industries, their employees, and their efforts to keep our military effective.
All of this is good news for Indiana and the 7th District. Having a powerful Congressman on a prominent committee cannot hurt. It also puts the Congressman in the leadership line for the Democrats who will be working hard to retake the House in 2014.
One thing's for sure. Carson continues to serve Indiana's 7th District with distinction in Washington.