WASHINGTON A five-term Oregon congressman representing the high-tech region around Portland has been named to head a key science panel.
Democratic Rep. David Wu, whose congressional district stretches from Portland to the Oregon coast, was named chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee's new Technology and Innovation subcommittee. Wu's appointment and the panel's new name were announced Wednesday (Jan. 24) by new committee chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.).
With Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 1994, Gordon has moved quickly to expand the focus of the former House Science Committee long chaired by Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.). Along with expanding the jurisdiction of the Wu's subcommittee, Barton has also changed the names of others panels to reflect industry concerns about science education and research. Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) was named to head the committee's new research and science education panel.
Rep. David Wu (D-Oregon)
Wu has said his priorities include greater support for high-tech research and boosting business investment. Wu's panel will have jurisdiction over R&D programs at government agencies such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Homeland Security.
According to the committee, Wu's panel will also oversee "the legal framework for [U.S.] competitiveness and technology policy."
The research subcommittee oversees programs at the National Science Foundation and other U.S. research agencies. It has also helped shape government-wide R&D initiatives such as a recent National Nanotechnology Initiative.
Other subcommittee chairs announced by Barton included Colorado Rep. Mark Udall to head the space and aeronautics panel and Texas Rep. Nick Lampson to head the energy and environment subcommittee.