Joe Kennedy gets new House committee assignments

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BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy has been appointed to three subcommittees on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Kennedy will serve on the Health; Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade; and Oversight and Investigations subcommittees.

The Massachusetts Democrat said the subcommittees have broad legislative authority over health care reform, mental health, medical research, consumer protection, trade, manufacturing and the oversight of federal agencies.

Kennedy, who is beginning his second term, said the issues that come before the committee help define the Massachusetts economy and health of families, from public health issues like substance abuse to supporting the nation’s manufacturing sector.

Kennedy, who represents the state’s 4th Congressional District, will no longer sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, since those appointed to the Energy and Commerce Committee typically are not appointed to other committees.

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