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Key Congressional Committees and Members

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Being involved in the appropriations process is actually simple since, at its most basic working level, the Appropriations Committees function like any other community: strong relationships built on solid ground will yield high dividends. These relationships are built - just like any other - by devoting time and energy to meeting with key Appropriators and Members of Congress in order to build interest and trust in our issues.

In the short-term, these efforts will help address the financial needs of the environmental education (EE) field. Over time, these same efforts will build the political infrastructure and presence that EE so strongly needs. Together, these efforts will inject environmental literacy into the national dialogue, thereby positioning EE to gain the influence and resources necessary for closing the environmental literacy gap.

Every member of the House Appropriations Committee serves on one or more of the Committee's ten subcommittees. Similarly, each member of the Senate Appropriations Committee serves on one or more of the Senate Committee's twelve subcommittees. Each subcommittee maintains budgetary jurisdiction over a precise grouping of federal agencies and programs.

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Committees with EPA Oversight:

House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies

Republicans Democrats
Charles H. Taylor, Chair (NC) Norman D. Dicks, Ranking Member (WA)
Zach Wamp (TN) James P. Moran (VA)
John E. Peterson (PA) Maurice Hinchey (NY)
Don Sherwood (PA) John W. Olver (MA)
Ernest Istook (OK) Alan B. Mollohan (WV)
Robert B. Aderholt (AL)
John T. Doolittle (CA)
Mike Simpson, Vice Chair (ID)

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Related Agencies

Republicans Democrats
Conrad Burns, Chair (MT) Byron L. Dorgan, Ranking Member (ND)
Ted Stevens (AK) Robert C. Byrd (WV)
Thad Cochran (MS) Patrick J. Leahy (VT)
Pete V. Domenici (NM) Harry Reid (NV)
Robert Bennett (UT) Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Judd Gregg (NH) Barbara A. Mikulski (MD)
Larry E. Craig (ID) Herbert H. Kohl (WI)
Wayne Allard (CO)
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Committees with NOAA Oversight:

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice and Commerce and Related Agencies

Republicans Democrats
Frank R. Wolf, Chair (VA) Alan B. Mollohan, Ranking Member (WV)
Charles Taylor (NC) Joseph E. Serrano (NY)
Mark S. Kirk (IL) Robert E. Cramer (AL)
Dave Weldon, Vice Chair (FL) Patrick Kennedy (RI)
Virgil H. Goode (VA) Rodney Alexander (LA)
Ray H. LaHood (IL)
John A. Culberson (TX)
Chaka Fattah (PA)

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science

Republicans Democrats
Richard C. Shelby, Chair (AL) Barbara A. Mikulski, Ranking Member (MD)
Judd Gregg (NH) Daniel K. Inouye (HI)
Ted Stevens (AK) Patrick J. Leahy (VT)
Pete V. Domenici (NM) Herbert H. Kohl (WI)
Mitch McConnell (KY) Patty Murray (WA)
Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) Tom Harkin (IA)
Sam Brownback (KS) Byron L. Dorgan (ND)
Christopher S. Bond (MO)