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Bio-Industry Relevant Committee Roles

 

House of Representatives

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE
Rep. Dan Benishek – Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry; Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
Rep. John Moolenaar
The jurisdiction of the House Committee on Agriculture and its subcommittees insofar as the bio-industry is concerned, focuses on agricultural and industrial chemistry; animal industry and diseases; agricultural biotechnology and engineering; food inspetion; human nutrition; production of energy from agricultural and forestry products; matters related to pesticides, fungicides, rodenticides, insecticides; and foreign market agreements for agricultural products.
 
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON BUDGET
Rep. Debbie Dingell
Rep. John Moolenaar
The U.S. House Committee on the Budget, commonly known as the House Budget Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. Its responsibilities include legislative oversight of the federal budget process, reviewing all bills and resolutions on the budget, and monitoring agencies and programs funded outside of the budgetary process.
 
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE
Rep. Mike Bishop
Rep. Tim Walberg – Chair, Workforce Protections Subcommittee; Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
This Committee’s basic jurisdiction is over education and workforce programs generally, from early learning through secondary education, from job training through retirement. Included are access to health care, job training and workforce development initiatives, occupational safety and worker health, wages and labor/employment laws.
 
HOUSE ENERGY & COMMERCE (E&C) COMMITTEE
Rep. Fred UptonChair
The E&C Committee is by far the most relevant to all matters for the bio-industry. It oversees food, drug and device safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy (i.e., renewable fuels) policy, interstate and foreign commerce, consumer protection and telecommunications. That means the Departments of Health & Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health, Food & Drug Administration, Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, Center for Disease Control & Prevention, and Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority), Energy, Commerce and Transportation, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission, fall under the Committee’s oversight.
 
HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE
Rep. Bill HuizengaVice-Chair, Subcommittee of Monetary Policy and Trade; Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
Rep. Dan Kildee – Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises; Subcommittee of Monetary Policy and Trade
The Capital Markets Subcommittee has jurisdiction over issues surrounding securities, exchanges and finance including SEC Commission, as well as capital market activities including capital formation and venture capital.
 
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
Rep. Mike Bishop
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. Ranking Member
Rep. David Trott
The Judiciary Committee covers many matters relating to the administration of justice and law enforcement, as well as immigration policy. But as it relates to the bio-industry, the Committee especially through its Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and Internet, oversees patents, the Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), copyrights and trademarks, protection of trade and commerce.
 
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM
Rep. Justin Amash 
Rep. Tim Walberg
The Oversight Committee oversees impediments to economic growth and job creation, monetary policy and tax policy.  In addition, its Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements has jurisdiction over federal health policy, food and drug safety, energy policy and solvency of federal entitlement programs like Medicare.
 
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY
Rep. John Moolenaar
The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has jurisdiction over all energy research, development, and demonstration, and projects therefor, and all federally owned or operated non-military energy laboratories; astronautical research and development, including resources, personnel, equipment, and facilities; civil aviation research and development; environmental research and development; marine research; commercial application of energy technology; National Institute of Standards and Technology, standardization of weights and measures and the metric system; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; National Science Foundation; National Weather Service; outer space, including exploration and control thereof; science scholarships; scientific research, development, and demonstration, and projects therefor. The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology shall review and study on a continuing basis laws, programs, and Government activities relating to non-military research and development.
 
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS
The Small Business Committee has oversight for the protection and assistance of small businesses including matters related to small business financial aid and regulatory flexibility, as well as the Small Business Administration (SBA) and its programs.
 
HOUSE WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE
Rep. Sander Levin Ranking Member
Ways & Means oversees revenue and taxes, payments for healthcare (e.g., Medicare), health delivery systems and health research, economic growth policies, and trade and tariff legislation. Matters like the medical device tax, Medicare spending and payments, and foreign trade agreements (e.g., Trans-Pacific Partnership) fall under the Ways & Means Committee’s oversight.
  

Senate

SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION AND FORESTRY
Sen. Debbie Stabenow Ranking Member
The Senate Ag Committee has jurisdiction over agricultural commodities, inspection of livestock, meat, and agricultural products, plant industry, agricultural biotechnology and engineering, as well as bio-energy crops and renewable chemicals from feedstock, among others. Much, if not all, of these issues are shaped into law via the Farm Bill that must be authorized every five years. 
 
SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
Sen. Debbie Stabenow Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure; Subcommittee on Health Care; Subcommittee on International Trade & Global Competitiveness
The Senate Finance Committee concerns itself with matters relating to taxation and other revenues, trade and tariffs, health programs including Medicare, Medicaid, energy and other matters. It has sole or shared jurisdiction over the activities of numerous agencies and offices including but not limited to Agriculture, Commerce (Int’l Trade Administration, Economic Development Administration), Health & Human Services (CMS), Homeland Security (Customs), Labor (Employment and Training Administration, Pension & Welfare Benefits Administration - ERISA), Treasury (IRS, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, and ERISA group health plans including HIPAA), Physician Payment Review Commission, and Industry Trade Advisory Committees.
 
SENATE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES
The Senate Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over the Department of Defense and its many divisions. Of most relevance to the bio-industry is military research and development through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and military operations such as drop-in biofuels and battle preparedness (i.e., medical devices, bioterrorism prevention).
 
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