Congressman named to two committees

"Congressman Rick Larsen has been assigned to the Committee on Agriculture and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.Larsen, a Democrat from Arlington, took over the Second Congressional District seat in January from Jack Metcalf, R-Langley, who retired after serving six years.A priority on the Agriculture Committee will be to see that the Freedom to Farm bill is reauthorized soon, Larsen said in a news release. This will give me the opportunity to work with local farmers and reauthorize the bill. We will work together to keep what's working and modify what isn't.In another agriculture matter, Larsen said he is working on a new bill, The Family Farm and Business Protection Act, which would eliminate the estate tax for family-owned farms and businesses.On Tuesday, Larsen introduced a bill on pipeline safety. His district includes Bellingham, where a gas pipeline ruptured and the resulting explosion in a creek area killed several people.The Pipeline Enforcement Act of 2001 aims to add safety and oversight requirements to pipeline operations. "

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