As if the guy didn’t already have enough on his plate, what with opening his district offices and hiring staff and furnishing his empty Washington, D.C., apartment.
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, has been named to a third committee seat. In addition to the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Science and Technology committees, he will sit on the Veterans Affairs Committee.
It’s a big workload. Most members sit on two committees.
“I am proud and humbled by my appointment to the Veterans Affairs Committee,” McNerney said in a prepared release. “With our armed forces currently engaged overseas, I can think of few greater priorities than to ensure that when our veterans return home they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
McNerney identified several priorities for the committee, according to his statement, including timely and adequate funding for the Veterans’ Administration, effectively addressing the mental health and transition concerns of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, improving Department of Defense and Veterans Administration collaboration and updating the Montgomery GI Bill.