|Michigan Congressional Delegation|
U.S. House of Representatives
The U.S. Committee On Appropriations is responsible for passing appropriation bills along with its Senate counterpart. The bills passed by the Appropriations Committee regulate expenditures of money by the government of the United States. As such, the Appropriations committee is widely recognized as one of the "power committees," since it holds the power of the purse. Openings on the Appropriations committee are often hotly demanded. It is one of the exclusive committees of the House, meaning its members typically sit on no other committee. Under House Rules, an exception to this is that five Members of the Appropriations Committee must serve on the House Budget Committee—three for the Majority and two for the Minority. Much of the power of the committee comes from the inherent utility of controlling spending. Its subcommittee chairmen are often called "Cardinals" because of the power they wield over the budget.
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.
Rep. Paul Mitchell - Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, & Pensions; Subcommittee on Higher Education & Workforce Development
Rep. Tim Walberg – Chair, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, & Pensions
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.
The Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor & Pensions has oversight for all matters dealing with relationships between employers and employees, including but not limited to the National Labor Relations Act, the Labor-Management Relations Act, and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act; the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and employment-related health and retirement security, including pension, health, and other employee benefits and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
Rep. Debbie Dingell - Subcommittee on Digital Commerce & Consumer Protection
Rep. Fred Upton - Chair, Subcommittee on Energy; Subcommittee on Health
Rep. Tim Walberg - Subcommittee on Energy; Subcommittee on Environment; Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations
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.
The Subcommittee on Digital Commerce & Consumer Protection has oversight for interstate and foreign commerce, including all trade matters within the jurisdiction of the full committee; regulation of commercial practices (the Federal Trade Commission), including sports-related matters; consumer affairs and consumer protection, including privacy matters generally; data security; consumer product safety (the Consumer Product Safety Commission); product liability; motor vehicle safety; and regulation of travel, tourism, and time.
The Subcommittee on Energy has jurisdiction over national energy policy; fossil energy; renewable energy; nuclear energy; nuclear facilities; the Department of Energy; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; synthetic and alternative fuels; energy conservation; energy information; utility issues; interstate energy compacts; energy generation, marketing, reliability, transmission, siting, exploration, production, efficiency, cybersecurity, and ratemaking for all generated power; pipelines; all laws, programs, and government activities affecting energy matters, including all aspects of the above-referenced jurisdiction related to the Department of Homeland Security.
The Subcommittee on Health has broad responsibility over public health and quarantine; hospital construction; mental health; biomedical research and development; health information technology, privacy, and cybersecurity; public health insurance (Medicare, Medicaid) and private health insurance; medical malpractice and medical malpractice insurance; the regulation of food, drugs, and cosmetics; drug abuse; the Department of Health and Human Services; the National Institutes of Health; the Centers for Disease Control; Indian Health Service; and all aspects of the above-referenced jurisdiction related to the Department of Homeland Security.
The Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations has responsibility for oversight of agencies, departments, and programs related to the jurisdiction of the full committee, and for conducting investigations.
Rep. Bill Huizenga – Vice-Chair, Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities & Investment; Subcommittee on Monetary Policy & Trade
Rep. Dan Kildee – Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance; Subcommittee of Monetary Policy & Trade; Subcommittee on Terrorism & Illicit Finance
Rep. David Trott - Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance; Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations
The Financial Services Committee includes oversight over banks and banking, including deposit insurance and Federal monetary policy; economic stabilization, defense production, renegotiation, and control of the price of commodities, rents, and services; financial aid to commerce and industry (other than transportation); insurance generally; international finance, international financial and monetary organizations; money and credit, including currency and the issuance of notes and redemption thereof; gold and silver, including the coinage thereof; valuation and revaluation of the dollar; public and private housing; securities and exchanges; and urban development.
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.
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. – Ranking Member
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.
Rep. Justin Amash - Subcommittee on Information Technology; Subcommittee on National Security
Rep. Brenda Lawrence - Subcommittee on Government Operations
Rep. Paul Mitchell - Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits & Administrative Rules
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.
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.
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.
Rep. Brenda Lawrence - Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment
Rep. Paul Mitchell - Vice-Chair, Subcommittee on Aviation; Subcommittee on Highways & Transit; Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines & Hazardous Materials
The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee includes all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, roads, bridges, mass transit, and railroads; clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction; economic development of depressed rural and urban areas; and disaster preparedness and response.
Rep. Mike Bishop - Subcommittee on Human Resources; Subcommittee on Oversight
Rep. Sander Levin – Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Health; Subcommittee on Trade
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.
The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Human Resources shall include bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means that relate to the public assistance provisions of the Social Security Act, including temporary assistance for needy families, child care, child and family services, child support, foster care, adoption, supplemental security income, social services, eligibility of welfare recipients for food stamps, and low-income energy assistance. Oversight shall also include bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means that relate to the Federal-State system of unemployment compensation, and the financing thereof, including the programs for extended and emergency benefits.
The Subcommittee on Oversight oversees all matters within the scope of the full Committee’s jurisdiction but shall is limited to existing law and is concurrent with that of the other Subcommittees. With respect to matters involving the Internal Revenue Code and other revenue issues, the Subcommittee's jurisdiction is shared with the full Committee.
Rep. Paul Mitchell - Chair, Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations; Subcommittee on Disability Assistance & Memorial Affairs
The Committee on Veterans' Affairs is the authorizing Committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Committee recommends legislation expanding, curtailing, or fine-tuning existing laws relating to veterans' benefits. The Committee also has oversight responsibility, which means monitoring and evaluating the operations of the VA. It is the "voice" of Congress for veterans in dealings with the VA. Specifically, the Committee has broad oversight of veterans' measures generally; pensions of all the wars of the U.S., general and special; life insurance issued by the government on account of service in the Armed Forces; compensation, vocational rehabilitation, and education of veterans; veterans' hospitals, medical care, and treatment of veterans; soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief; readjustment of servicemen to civilian life; and national Cemeteries.
The Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, which shall have legislative, oversight, and investigative jurisdiction over compensation; general and special pensions of all the wars of the United States.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow – Ranking Member
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