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Herrell receives committee assignments

Yvette Herrell speaks to a crowd Jan. 31, 2020, at the Republican Party of Chaves County's Pre-Primary Convention in Roswell. Herrell, who in November was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District and was sworn into office Feb. 3 announced Wednesday that she has been assigned to sit on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. (File Photo)

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Weeks after officially beginning her term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-NM, has been assigned to serve on two committees in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Herrell who in November was elected to represent New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, will be on both the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

“Serving on the Natural Resources and Oversight Committee puts me in an important position to protect New Mexico’s future and hold the Biden Administration accountable,” she said in the release.

According to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s website, the committee is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The House Committee on Natural Resources, according to its website,  is tasked with overseeing and advancing issues related to the management of energy and minerals, national parks and federal public lands, including national forests, oceans and waterways and indigenous people.

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Herrell’s district, which consists of the southern half of the state, includes the oil patch of the Permian Basin, Lincoln National Forest, as well as Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands national parks.

Since taking office Feb. 3, Herrell has become a vocal critic of the Biden Administration’s executive order barring new oil and gas leases on public land.

The freshman congresswoman argues that the ban will adversely impact New Mexico, which depends heavily on oil and natural gas development royalties to sustain its state and county budgets as well as provide jobs.

In response to the move by the Biden Administration, Herrell announced in a release Thursday that she has joined a host of U.S. House and Senate Republicans to co-sponsor legislation that, if enacted into law, would prevent a president, or secretaries of agriculture, energy or the interior from blocking leases for mineral or energy extractions on federal land or waterways without congressional approval.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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