Congresswoman Jane Harman was named to the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee January 8th.

The subcommittee, which Harman says will play a crucial role in helping develop universal healthcare legislation, has jurisdiction over public health, healthcare financing, hospital construction, mental health and research, Medicaid, and food and drugs.

“Ensuring access to quality and affordable healthcare for every American is absolutely paramount, and I am honored to work toward this goal through the subcommittee,” said Harman. “As a daughter and sister of medical doctors, and former board member of the Venice Family Clinic, universal access to healthcare has always been a personal priority.

“I also want to make certain L.A. County hospitals have adequate Level One trauma center capacity in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster.”

Harman has retained her seat on the Energy and Environment subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over all national energy policy, including renewable energy sources, nuclear regulation, and the Clean Air Act.

In the 110th Congress, Harman authored lighting efficiency provisions included in the Energy Act of 2007 to phase out the 100-watt incandescent bulb by 2012 and require all light bulbs to be at least three times more efficient than today’s by 2020.