Congress Committee Assignments 2013 Oscar

  • Agriculture

    The House Committee on Agriculture has legislative jurisdiction over agriculture, food, rural development, and forestry.

  • Appropriations

    The House Committee on Appropriations is responsible for legislation allocating federal funds prior to expenditure from the treasury. Appropriations are generally limited to the levels set by the ...

  • Armed Services

    The House Committee on Armed Services has legislative jurisdiction over military and defense.

  • Budget

    The House Committee on the Budget is responsible for drafting a concurrent resolution on the budget for congressional action on spending, revenue, and debt-limit legislation. The Budget Resolution ...

  • Education and the Workforce

    The House Committee on Education and the Workforce has legislative jurisdiction over matters related to higher and lower education, workforce development and protections, and health, employment, labor, and ...

  • Energy and Commerce

    The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has legislative jurisdiction on matters related to telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, ...

  • Ethics

    The House Committee on Ethics has the jurisdiction to administer travel, gift, financial disclosure, outside income, and other regulations; advise members and staff; issue advisory opinions and investigate ...

  • Financial Services

    The House Financial Services Committee has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to the economy, the banking system, housing, insurance, and securities and exchanges. Additionally, the Committee also has jurisdiction ...

  • Foreign Affairs

    The House Committee on Foreign Affairs considers legislation that impacts the diplomatic community, which includes the Department of State, the Agency for International Development, the Peace Corps, the ...

  • Homeland Security

    The House Committee on Homeland Security has jurisdiction over matters related to national defense. It has six subcommittees on border and maritime security; counterterrorism and intelligence; cybersecurity and ...

  • House Administration

    The Committee on House Administration has legislative jurisdiction over the federal elections and the day-to-day operations of the House. The Committee's jurisdiction over federal elections requires it to ...

  • Intelligence

    The United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) is a committee of the United States House of Representatives, currently chaired by Congressman Devin Nunes (California). Created ...

  • Judiciary

    The Committee on the Judiciary has jurisdiction over matters relating to the administration of justice in federal courts, administrative bodies, and law enforcement agencies. Its role in impeachment ...

  • Natural Resources

    The House Committee on Natural Resources considers legislation about American energy production, mineral lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation.

  • Oversight and Government Reform

    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform oversees the federal government and all of its agencies to ensure efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability. The Committee oversees government operations, ...

  • Rules

    The House Committee on Rules is commonly known as “The Speaker’s Committee” because it is the mechanism that the Speaker uses to maintain control of the House Floor. ...

  • Science, Space, and Technology

    The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has a jurisdiction over a range of matters related to energy research and development, federally owned or operated non-military energy laboratories, ...

  • Small Business

    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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Veterans' Affairs

    The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs is the authorizing committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The committee is responsible for recommending legislation expanding, curtailing, or fine-tuning ...

  • Ways and Means

    The Committee on Ways and Means is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. The Committee derives a large share of its jurisdiction from Article I, ...

  • 112th Congress (2011–2013)

    Congressional Profile

    Total Membership:

    • 435 Representatives
    • 5 Delegates
    • 1 Resident Commissioner

    Party Divisions:*

    • 193 Democrats
    • 242 Republicans

    *Party division totals are based on election day results.

    Congress Overview

    A divided government complicated legislative work during the 112th Congress. Unable to reach deals on a number of issues, the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic Senate passed emergency measures to prevent a government shutdown and avoid defaulting on the country’s debt. After long talks between the Speaker and the President, a “grand bargain” of tax hikes and spending cuts collapsed, leaving a Senate bill to raise the debt ceiling. A House-Senate panel tasked with reducing deficits failed to outline a plan, triggering a series of automatic spending cuts called sequestration.

    Historical Highlights

    Learn more about the House in Historical Highlights.

    Leadership & Officers

    Speaker of the House:
    John Boehner (R–OH)
    Majority Leader:
    Eric Cantor (R–VA)
    Minority Leader:
    Nancy Pelosi (D–CA)
    Democratic Whip:
    Steny Hoyer (D–MD)
    Republican Whip:
    Kevin McCarthy (R–CA)
    Democratic Caucus Chairman:
    John Larson (D–CT)
    Republican Conference Chairman:
    Jeb Hensarling (R–TX)
    Clerk of the House:
    Karen L. Haas
    Chief Administrative Officer:
    Daniel J. Strodel
    Sergeant at Arms:
    Paul Irving
    Chaplain of the House:
    Daniel P. Coughlin – Roman Catholic 1
    Patrick J. Conroy – Roman Catholic
    Parliamentarian:
    John V. Sullivan
    Thomas J. Wickham, Jr. 2

    To view complete lists of individuals who have served in these leadership and official positions since the 1st Congress, visit the People section

    Discharge Petitions

    NumberDatePetition to Discharge
    No. 0001July 6, 2011 the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution entitled (H.Res. 310), a resolution providing for the consideration of the bill (H.R. 639) to amend title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930 to clarify that countervailing duties may be imposed to address subsidies relating to a fundamentally undervalued currency of any foreign country (H.Res. 310)
    No. 0002July 14, 2011 the Committees on Armed Services and Transportation and Infrastructure from the consideration of the bill (H.R. 1297) entitled, a bill to appropriate such funds as may be necessary to ensure that members of the Armed Forces, including reserve components thereof, continue to receive pay and allowances for active service performed when a funding gap caused by the failure to enact interim or full-year appropriations for the Armed Forces occurs, which results in the furlough of nonemergency personnel and the curtailment of Government activities and services (H.R. 1297)
    No. 0003February 1, 2012 the Committees on Financial Services, Agriculture, House Administration, the Judiciary, Ethics, and Rules from the consideration of the bill (H.R. 1148) entitled, a bill to prohibit commodities and securities trading based on nonpublic information relating to Congress, to require additional reporting by Members and employees of Congress of securities transactions, and for other purposes (H.R. 1148)
    No. 0004July 12, 2012 the Committees on House Administration and the Judiciary from the consideration of the bill (H.R. 4010) entitled, a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, and other entities, and for other purposes (H.R. 4010)
    No. 0005September 13, 2012 the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution (H.Res. 739) entitled, a resolution providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6083) to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2017, and for other purposes (H. Res. 739)
    No. 0006December 4, 2012 the Committees on Ways and Means and the Budget from the consideration of the bill (H.R. 15) entitled, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax relief to middle-class families (H.R. 15)
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