House of Reps and Senate Committees
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Joint Committee on the Library
oversees operations of the Library of Congress, National Statuary Hall Collection, U.S. Botanic Garden, and works of the fine art in the Capitol.
Joint Committee on Printing
oversees that laws, rules and regulations are minimizing printing costs to the American people
Joint Committee on Taxation
a bipartisan Committee of experienced economists, attorneys, and accountants that help guide the leaders for both parties on tax legislation.
Select Committee on Ethics
a committee of six members, (3 democrats, 3 republicans) that investigates allegations of wrongful behavior by a senator. The committee is allowed to punish any senator that has committed improper conduct and can expel a member with 2/3 vote.
Select Committee on Intelligence
a committee that oversees intelligent activities and programs of the United States of America. They also provide oversight on legislation for intelligent programs and make sure that they are constitutional.
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry
a committee of the united states senate empowered with legislative oversight of all matters that relate to agriculture, farming, forestry, and legislation relating to nutrition and health. Also have subcommittees for jobs in rural places and for livestock.
Senate Committee on Appropriations
a standing committee of the U.S. Senate. It has jurisdiction over all discretionary spending legislation in the senate. This committee is the largest in the senate consisting of 30 members. Its role is also defined in the Constitution by this quote "appropriations made by the law." Chairman of the committee also has enormous power to bring home special projects to their state as well as having final say in the appropriations request.
Senate Committee on Armed Services
a committee empowered with legislative oversight of the nation's military, including the Department of Defense, military research, and nuclear energy. It was created due to the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1964 following U.S. victory after World War II. Merged with Committee in Naval and Military Affairs.
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
a committee that has jurisdiction over matters related to banks and banking, price controls, deposit insurance, export promotion and controls, economy, transportation, financial aid, and urban development.
Senate Committee on Budget
this committee was established by the Congressional and Impound Control Act of 1974. It is responsible for drafting Congress' annual budget plan and monitoring action on the budget of the Federal Government. It has jurisdiction over the Congressional Budget Office. It operated as a special committee from 1919 to 1920 during the 66th Congress.
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
it is empowered with legislative oversight of the Coast Guard and Merchant Marine, interstate commerce, communications, highways, aviation, rail, shipping, transportation security, oceans, climate change, disasters, science and space sciences, sports, tourism, consumer issues, economic development, technology, competitiveness, product safety, insurance, and standards and measurement. The committee also has jurisdiction over coastal zone management, inland waterways, the Panama Canal and other interoceanic canals, and commerce aspects of Continental Shelf lands.
Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
has jurisdiction over matters related to energy and nuclear waste policy, territorial policy, native Hawaiian matters, and public lands. Its roots go back to the 'Committee on Interior and Insulars Affair'. In 1977, it became the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and Indian Affairs were removed from its jurisdiction into its own committee.
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
responsible for dealing with matters related to the environment and infrastructure. Subcommittees on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, Fisheries and wildlife, Superfund and Regulatory Oversight, and Transportation and Infrastructure.
Rather than being responsible for a specific area of policy, as most other committees are, it is in charge of determining under what rule other bills will come to the floor
House committee on Science, space and technology
The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has jurisdiction over energy research, all federally owned or operated non-military energy laboratories, astronautical research and development, civil aviation, environmental research and development, marine research, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA, NSF, NWS, outer space, and other aspects of scientific research
The House Small Business Committee was established to protect and assist small businesses. As such, the Committee has jurisdiction over matters related to small business financial aid, regulatory flexibility, and paperwork reduction. Additionally, the House Small Business Committee has oversight and legislative authority over the Small Business Administration (SBA) and its programs
transportation and infrastructure
The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads. The Committee also has jurisdiction over other aspects of our national infrastructure, such as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the management of federally owned real estate and public buildings, the development of economically depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, and hazardous materials transportation.
The standing Committee on Veterans' Affairs in the United States House of Representatives oversees agencies, reviews current legislation, and recommends new bills or amendments concerning U.S. military veterans.
ways and means committee
The Committee on Ways and Means is the chief tax-writing committee of the United States House of Representatives. Members of the Ways and Means Committee are not allowed to serve on any other House Committees unless they apply for a waiver from their party's congressional leadership. The Committee has jurisdiction over all taxation, tariffs, and other revenue-raising measures, as well as a number of other programs including social security, medicare and enforcement of child support laws
U.S house permanent select committee on Intelligence
It is the primary committee in the U.S. House of Representatives charged with the oversight of the United States Intelligence Community, though it does share some jurisdiction with other committees in the House, including the Armed Services Committee for some matters dealing with the Department of Defense and the various branches of the U.S. military.
Joint economic committee
The Joint Economic Committee (JEC) was created when Congress passed the Employment Act of 1946. Under this Act, Congress established two advisory panels: the President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) and the Joint Economic Committee. Their primary tasks are to review economic conditions and to recommend improvements in economic policy.
House committee on financial services
They have jurisdiction over issues pertaining to the economy the banking system housing insurance and securities and exchanges. They fight for economic opportunities so hard-working taxpayers can achieve financial independence.
House committee for for foreign affairs
They provide assistance for foreign nations, provide peacekeeping in the United Nations, and promote democracy. They have oversight over the activities and policies of state, Commerce and Defense Department and agencies relating to the arms export control act and foreign assistance act.
House committee for Homeland security
They prevent terrorist attacks on the homeland, secure our borders, protects against cyber attacks, and ensures the Department of Homeland Security runs efficiently and shield the homeland from international and domestic threats.
House committee for House administration
They provide oversight for Federal elections and the day-to-day operations of the House of Representatives. They work on identifying and reducing wasteful spending within house operations and improving services to the house community.
House committee for judiciary
The scope of the committee's concern has expanded to include not only civil and criminal judicial proceedings and Federal courts and judges, but also issues relating to bankruptcy, espionage, terrorism, the protection of civil liberties, constitutional amendments, immigration and naturalization, interstate compacts, claims against the United States, national penitentiaries, Presidential succession, antitrust law, revision and codification of the statutes of the United States, state and territorial boundary lines and patents, copyrights and trademarks.
House committee for natural resources
They consider legislation about American energy production, minerial lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation.
House committee for oversight
they ensure the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the federal government and all its agencies. It provides checks and balances on the role and power of Washington and reports to the taxpayers to ensure their investment in government is spent efficiently, effectively, and transparently. They proposed reforms to prevent abuse from being repeated.
Agriculture committee (house)
The House Committee on Agriculture has jurisdiction over federal agriculture policy and oversight of some federal agencies, and it can recommend funding appropriations for various governmental agencies, programs, and activities, as defined by House rules
Appropriations committee (house)
The House Committee on Appropriations is responsible for setting specific expenditures of money by the government of the United States. As such, it is one of the most powerful of the committees, and its members are seen as influential. The bills passed by the committee are called appropriations bills.
Armed services committee
The House Committee on Armed Services has jurisdiction over defense policy generally, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, counter-drug programs, acquisition and industrial base policy, technology transfer and export controls, joint interoperability, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, Department of Energy nonproliferation programs, and detainee affairs and policy.
The House Committee on the Budget has responsibilities under the following categories: the budget resolution, reconciliation, budget process reform, oversight of the Congressional Budget Office, revisions of allocations and adjustments, and scorekeeping.
Education and workforce committee
The Committee's basic jurisdiction is over education and workforce matters generally. While Congress has been concerned over education and workforce issues since its beginning, attempts to create a Committee with jurisdiction over education and labor failed in early Congresses due to Representatives' concern over the constitutional grounds for such a federal role and the belief that education was more properly the responsibility of the states.
Committee of energy and commerce
The Committee on Energy and Commerce, the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, is vested with the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee. It has responsibility for the nation's telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce. It oversees multiple cabinet-level Departments and independent agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, Commerce, and Transportation, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission.
The House Ethics Committee has the jurisdiction to administer travel, gift, financial disclosure, outside income, and other regulations related to the actions of members of the House.
Standing committee that concerns itself with matters relating to taxation and other revenue measures generally, those relating to the insular possessions, bonded debt of the United States, customs, collection districts, ports of entry and delivery, deposit of public moneys, general revenue sharing, health programs under the Social Security Act (notably Medicare and Medicaid) and health programs financed by a specific tax or trust fund; national social security, reciprocal trade agreements, tariff and import quotas, related matters to such, and the transportation of dutiable goods.
Foreign Relations Committee
In charge of leading foreign-policy legislation and debate in the Senate.
The Foreign Relations Committee is generally responsible for overseeing (but not administering) and funding foreign aid programs and funding arms sales, and training for national allies. The committee holds confirmation hearings for high-level positions in the Department of State.
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
Has a role in education, labor, health, public welfare, aging, agricultural colleges, arts and humanities, biomedical research and development, child labor,
convict labor, entry of goods made by convicts into interstate commerce, domestic activities of the American Red Cross, equal employment opportunity,
Gallaudet University, Howard University, St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., individuals with disabilities, labor standards, labor statistics, mediation and arbitration of labor disputes, occupational Safety and Health Administration, Mine Safety and Health Administration, private pension plans, public health, railway labor and retirement, regulation of foreign laborers, student loans, wages and hours of labor, and the federal minimum wage.
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Standing committee of the House of Representatives.
Deals with U.S. security legislation and oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. It may amend, approve, and table homeland security-related bills, hold hearings, conduct investigations, and subpoena witnesses.
Standing committee in charge of conducting hearings prior to the Senate votes on confirmation of federal judges (including Supreme Court justices) nominated by the president. All Constitutional Amendments must go through the Judiciary committee.
Rules and Administration Committee
Deals with the rules of the United States Senate, the administration of congressional buildings, and credentials and qualifications of members of the Senate. This includes dealing with contested elections.
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee
Standing committee in charge of the Small Business Administration and in charge of researching and investigating any conflicts within American small business enterprises.
Veterans' Affairs Committee
Oversees all issues involving the United States veterans. This includes programs for the unemployed veterans, homeless veterans, and veterans without medical care.
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