Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán was appointed to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in 2019, becoming the first Latina in 10 years to hold a seat on this prestigious committee and only the second Latina ever to do so. The Committee is at the forefront of combating climate change and fighting back against the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll back critical environmental regulations. On the committee, Rep. Barragán serves as a voice for the communities that have been on the frontlines of the negative health impacts associated with climate change and environmental injustice. From fighting for comprehensive and affordable healthcare for all to ensuring clean air and clean water for our communities, she works tirelessly for her fellow Americans and the constituents of California’s 44th Congressional District.
The Energy and Commerce Committee has the broadest jurisdiction of any authorizing committee in Congress. It legislates on a wide variety of issues, including:
- health care, including mental health and substance abuse
- health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid
- environmental protection
- clean air and climate change
- safe drinking water
- toxic chemicals and hazardous waste
- national energy policy
- renewable energy and conservation
And much more.
Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán is a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. The committee has jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security, which includes U.S Customs & Border, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, U.S. Secret Service and the Transportation Security Administration. The committee also oversees federal interagency efforts with the Department of Homeland Security.
Congresswoman Barragán was appointed to the Committee on Homeland Security in 2017. She is focused on deterring threats at the Port of Los Angeles, immigration enforcement practices, including fighting on behalf of deported veterans, and protecting the homeland from terrorists and emerging threats.
The Congresswoman serves as Chair of this subcommittee. The Border Security, Facilitation and Operations Subcommittee is responsible for oversight of all relevant aspects of visa, border, port and maritime security. It has oversight jurisdiction over much of the DHS budget, as well as four of its seven operational components including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Task Forces and Caucuses
Rep. Barragán is proud to serve as the First Vice-Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC). The CHC is the frontline in combating the Trump Administration’s assault on our Hispanic communities, and as the next First Vice-Chair, she is continuing the fight in addressing issues such as family separation, comprehensive immigration reform, access to healthcare and assisting our brothers and sisters with the rebuilding efforts of Puerto Rico. She also chairs the CHC’s Climate Task Force.
The (CHC) was founded in December 1976 as a legislative service organization of the United States House of Representatives. Today, the CHC is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed by the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The CHC addresses national and international issues and crafts policies that impact the Hispanic community. The function of the Caucus is to serve as a forum for the Hispanic Members of Congress to coalesce around a collective legislative agenda. The Caucus is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
As the co-chair of the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Task Force, she works to bring awareness of how environmental conditions throughout the country have a disproportionate health impact on communities of color, low-income families, and other marginalized groups.
As a representative of the largest concentration of Croatian diaspora west of the Mississippi River, Rep. Barragán co-chairs the Congressional Croatian Caucus to work on promoting bilateral cultural exchange between the United Sates and Croatia. She also works to expand friendship through business facilitation and other ventures.