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 Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee is responsible for oversight of all relevant aspects of visa, border, port and maritime security, including Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, Container Security Initiative, the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program, the Visa Waiver Program, and Biometric Entry-Exit, among others. It has oversight jurisdiction over 51% 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.
Subcommittee focuses on probing homeland security programs and operations to promote efficiency and save taxpayer dollars. The Subcommittee rigorously monitors the management of the Department of Homeland Security, such as acquisition management, human capital issues, employee integrity, information technology issues, and financial systems.
Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán was appointed to the House Committee on Natural Resources in 2017. The committee has jurisdiction over legislation involving American energy production; mineral lands and mining; fisheries and wildlife; public lands; oceans; Native Americans; irrigation; and reclamation. She is focused on fighting for stricter regulations on oil and gas drilling operations, advocating a more robust response to climate change, and fighting on behalf of environmental justice so every person has a right to clean air and healthy communities.
From the abundant solar energy in the desert southwest to the winds blowing off the Atlantic coast, from oil and gas deposits in the Gulf of Mexico to the gold mines of Nevada, America’s mineral and energy resources on public lands are a precious endowment. The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources oversees these valuable public resources, ensuring they are developed in a safe and equitable manner and that U.S. taxpayers are properly compensated for their use.
The Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans is responsible for overseeing the agencies that manage America’s water resources, hydropower development, and federal transmission lines. Democrats on the subcommittee are committed to managing, developing, and improving America’s water supply in an environmentally and economically sound manner. Democrats are also dedicated to developing our domestic energy resources by promoting affordable, environmentally-sustainable hydroelectricity.
The Subcommittee is also charged with developing and overseeing the implementation of laws managing domestic and international fisheries and other marine resources. The United States has made great strides in making fisheries more economically and environmentally sustainable, as well as in protecting vulnerable ocean ecosystems and species like sharks, whales, and coral. Much remains to be done, however, particularly in light of the threats climate change poses to our oceans and coasts.
Task Forces and Caucuses
Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Task Force on the Environment and the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Energy and Environment Taskforce, as well as 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.
Currently, in Congress, Rep. Barragán is focused on continuing her work on environmental justice and racial health disparities. As Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Task Force on the Environment and the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Energy and Environment Taskforce, as well as 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.
Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán is also a member of the following caucuses:
- American Sikh Congressional Caucus
- Artificial Intelligence Caucus
- Coast Guard Caucus
- Congressional Animal Protection Caucus
- Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth
- Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues
- Congressional Baseball Caucus
- Congressional Diabetes Caucus
- Congressional Homelessness Caucus
- Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
- Congressional Military-Veterans Caucus
- Congressional Taiwan Caucus
- Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease
- Friends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
- Future Forum
- Hidden Heroes Caucus
- Manufacturing Caucus
- Maritime Caucus
- National Service Congressional Caucus
- PORTS Caucus
- Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition