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.
Task Forces and Caucuses
Congresswoman Barragán is proud to serve as the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), continuing the fight on issues such as family separation, comprehensive immigration reform, equal access to healthcare and assisting our brothers and sisters with the rebuilding efforts of Puerto Rico.
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.
United for Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Task Force (co-chair)
As the co-chair of the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Task Force, Congresswoman Barragán 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.