Jerry Lewis Chairs House Appropriations VA/HUD Subcommittee

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Publication date: 
11 January 1995
Number: 
3

In the 104th Congress, California Republican Jerry Lewis gains a
position very important to the scientific community by taking over
chairmanship of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on VA, HUD,
and Independent Agencies.  This is the subcommittee responsible for
funding NSF and NASA, as well as EPA, the Veterans' Administration,
Housing and Urban Development, and numerous other federal programs.
As has been true in the past, the chairman of an appropriations
subcommittee has tremendous power over the funding for programs
under his jurisdiction.  Lewis and his Senate counterpart (rumored
to be Sen. Christopher Bond of Missouri) will be the major players
in determining the fiscal year 1996 budgets for NSF and NASA. 

Lewis replaces Democrat Louis Stokes of Ohio, who now becomes the
ranking minority member.  The new subcommittee roster follows:

Republicans:                                    Democrats:
Jerry Lewis (CA)                               Louis Stokes (OH)
Tom DeLay (TX)                               Alan Mollohan (WV)
Barbara Vucanovic (NV)*                Jim Chapman (TX)
James Walsh (NY)*                           Marcy Kaptur (OH)
David Hobson (OH)*
Joe Knollenberg (MI)*
Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ)**
Mark Neumann (WI)**

*New Member of subcommittee
**New Member of Congress

Lewis represents California's 40th district, which contains most of
San Bernardino County and much of the Death Valley National
Monument.  It includes a number of military bases, two of which are
slated to be closed.  As a member of the Appropriations Committee
for over a decade, Lewis has been successful in directing military
funding to his district, as well as funding for earthquake damage
and for an earthquake research site.  Academic institutions in the
40th district are Barstow College, California State University at
San Bernardino, Crafton Hills College, Loma Linda University,
University of Redlands, and Victor Valley College.

Lewis, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in
1978, won his 1994 election handily, with 71 percent of the vote.
On the Appropriations Committee, he has been an advocate for
bipartisan cooperation. 

In an analysis of his 1993 voting record, Lewis voted with the GOP
83 percent of the time, and was given an 89 percent ranking by the
Conservative Coalition.  He voted with President Clinton on 42
percent of votes, and against him 56 percent.  In the previous
year, when Bush held office, Lewis voted with the President 77
percent of the time.

Lewis has shown an interest in the science community, expressing
concern over language in the fiscal year 1994 Senate Appropriations
report advocating that NSF pursue more strategic research.  He
warned that it sent a "chill" through the academic community.  In
1993 and 1991 Lewis voted in support of the SSC, while voting
against it in 1992.  He is consistent on the space station,
supporting it every year of the past four, and on Star Wars, voting
against termination or reduced funding three times in a row. 

The following zip codes are fully or partly within the 40th
district:

91701* 91709* 91710* 91730* 91737* 91739* 91759 91761* 91764*  
92242 92252 92256 92267 92268 92277* 92278* 92280 92284*  
92285 92286 92301* 92304 92305 92307* 92308 92309 92310*  
92311 92312 92314 92315 92316* 92317 92318 92319 92321  
92322 92323 92324* 92325 92326 92327 92328 92329 92332  
92333 92335* 92336* 92338 92339 92340 92341 92342 92345*  
92346* 92347 92350 92351 92352 92354 92356 92357 92358*  
92359 92363 92364* 92365 92366 92368 92371* 92372 92373*  
92374 92375 92378 92382 92384 92385 92386 92389 92391  
92392* 92393 92394* 92397 92398 92399 92401* 92403 92404*  
92407* 92408* 92409 92410* 92415* 92420 93513 93514 93515  
93522 93526* 93530 93542 93545 93549 93558 93562* 93592  
                   

* Zip code shared by more than one congressional district.

The address of the VA/HUD/IA subcommittee is:

H-143 Capitol Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3241

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