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Committees and Caucuses

How Congressional Committees Work

Members of Congress serve on a number of committees. Each committee specializes in specific issues and reviews legislation pertaining to those issues. After bills are introduced, they are referred to the committees having jurisdiction over the issues the legislation addresses. Most House committees are further divided into subcommittees. Legislation is first reviewed by a subcommittee, where testimony is presented and the bills are amended. Subcommittee members then vote on the amended bill. If it passes in subcommittee, the legislation is then eligible for consideration by the full committee. If the full committee passes the legislation, it is then eligible for consideration by the full House of Representatives. Only a fraction of bills that get introduced each year are considered by a subcommittee and a smaller percentage of those bills are considered by the full House of Representatives.

Financial Services Committee

I have served on the Financial Services Committee, and its predecessor, the House Banking Committee, since I was first elected to Congress. This Committee has jurisdiction over a number of issues. Some of these include international finance, securities and exchanges, monetary policy, insurance, banking and housing. The Committee also oversees financial services regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Reserve. Currently I am a member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

I'm also a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. I received this assignment in June of 2002. Before being named to this Committee, I served on the Committee on the Budget and the Committee on Science and Technology. The Transportation Committee has jurisdiction over issues related to aviation, maritime transportation, railroads, highways, transit and pipelines and water resources. Currently I am the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, and a member of the Subcommittee on Aviation and the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.


Congressional Caucuses are formed by Members to provide a forum for issues or legislative agendas. A number of caucuses exist in the House and their primary function is to draw attention to issues of importance to their membership. Since taking office, I have founded five caucuses: The Congressional Caucus on Community Health Centers, the Congressional Caucus on Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities, the Congressional Caucus on Korea, the Congressional Caucus on Sudan, and the Congressional Former Mayors Caucus. A complete list of my Caucus memberships is provided below:

  • Congressional Bicameral Caucus on High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail– co-chair
  • Congressional Caucus on Community Health Centers – co-founder and co-chair
  • Congressional Caucus on Empowerment Zones and Empowered Communities – co-chair
  • Congressional Caucus on Korea – co-founder
  • Congressional Caucus on Sudan – co-founder and co-chair
  • Congressional Former Mayors Caucus – co-founder and co-chair
  • Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus – co-founder and co-chair
  • Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus
  • Alzheimer's Disease Congressional Task Force
  • Americans Abroad Caucus
  • Biomedical Research Caucus
  • Bipartisan Congressional Refugee Caucus
  • Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus
  • Bipartisan Privacy Caucus
  • Bipartisan Pro-Choice Caucus
  • Cancer Caucus
  • Coalition on Autism Research and Education
  • Community College Caucus
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Biotechnology Caucus
  • Congressional Boating Caucus
  • Congressional Brain Injury Task Force
  • Congressional Brazil Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Aid
  • Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
  • Congressional Caucus on Central America
  • Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
  • Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Affairs
  • Congressional Caucus on the Internet of Things
  • Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands
  • Congressional Climate Caucus
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption
  • Congressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus
  • Congressional Cranberry Caucus
  • Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus
  • Congressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
  • Congressional Diabetes Caucus
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus
  • Congressional Friends of Animals Caucus
  • Congressional Friends of Switzerland
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Humanities Caucus
  • Congressional Internet Caucus
  • Congressional Kidney Caucus
  • Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
  • Congressional Mentoring Caucus
  • Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus
  • Congressional Mental Health Caucus
  • Congressional National Parks Caucus
  • Congressional Port Security Caucus
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Congressional Taskforce on International HIV/AIDS
  • Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
  • Congressional TRIO Caucus
  • Congressional Vision Caucus
  • Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
  • Earth and Space Science Caucus
  • Friends of the Jobs Corps Caucus
  • Historic Preservation Caucus
    • Revitalizing Older Cities Task Force
  • House Hunger Caucus
  • House Nursing Caucus
  • House Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Caucus
  • International Workers Rights Caucus
  • Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus (IHRDC)
  • National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
  • National Service Congressional Caucus
  • Navy-Marine Corps Caucus
  • Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition
  • Oil and National Security Caucus
  • Open Space Caucus
  • Out of Iraq Caucus
  • Patriot Act Reform Caucus
  • Public Broadcasting Caucus
  • Qatari-American Economic Strategic Defense, Culture, and Educational Partnership Caucus
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
  • Research and Development Caucus
  • Urban Caucus




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