House Committees

The following is a list of House Committees:

Committee on Agriculture

This committee's prime objective is maintaining a healthy agriculture. The Committee has jurisdiction over issues including: general agriculture (economics, research, extension services, production and marketing including stabilization of prices of agricultural products and commodities), commodity exchanges, soil conservation, dairy industry, inspection of meat and poultry products, human nutrition and home economics, rural development, farm credit and farm security.

Relevance to the Academy: Issues relating to human nutrition, home economics, food safety, food production. Pertinent legislation includes the Farm Bill.

Appropriations Committee

Writes the legislation that allocates federal funds to agencies, departments and organizations.

Relevance to the Academy: Any programs we advocate for will need an appropriations bill along with an authorization bill to be viable.

Armed Services Committee

Considers legislation related to 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 inter-operability, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, Department of Energy nonproliferation programs, and detainee affairs and policy.

Budget Committee

Drafts and prepares the Concurrent Resolution on the budget, which sets overall spending guidelines for Congress and hears supplemental budget requests from the President for items that were not addressed in the initial budget resolution.

Committee on Education and the Workforce

Considers measures on workforce initiatives aimed at strengthening health care, job training, and retirement security for workers as well as issues related to education of all ages, including programs and services for the care and treatment of at-risk youth and anti-poverty programs (Community Services Block Grant Act).

Relevance to the Academy: Issues and legislation related to school lunch and other child nutrition programs, Head Start and worker health.

Committee on Energy and Commerce

Writes legislation about interstate and foreign commerce, energy generation and conservation, travel and tourism, and consumer protection.

Relevance to the Academy: This committee deals with public health, mental health and research; biomedical programs and health protection in general, including Medicaid and national health insurance; food and drugs.

Committee on Financial Services

Considers measures on banks, banking, economic stabilization, insurance, international finance and securities.

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Responsible for oversight and legislation relating to the relations of the U.S. with foreign nations, including foreign assistance; the Peace Corps; national security developments affecting foreign policy; strategic planning and agreements; war powers, treaties, executive agreements, and the deployment and use of the U.S. Armed Forces; peacekeeping, peace enforcement, arms control and disarmament issues.

Committee on Homeland Security

Provides Congressional oversight over the Department of Homeland Security was started in 2002 to conduct oversight and handles legislation (and resolutions) related to U.S. security.

Relevance to the Academy: RDN involvement in emergency preparedness.

Committee on House Administration

The Committee on House Administration is the committee of the House of Representatives charged with the oversight of federal elections and the day-to-day functions of the House of Representatives.

Committee on Intelligence

It is the primary committee in the U.S. House of Representatives charged with the oversight of the U.S. 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. Has jurisdiction over the CIA and FBI.

Committee on the Judiciary

Holds jurisdiction over measures relating to law, courts and judges, Constitutional amendments, immigration, patents and trademarks, interstate compacts, presidential succession, state and territorial boundary lines, and national penitentiaries.

Committee on Natural Resources

Responsible for issues of mineral resources on public land, geothermal resources, mining interests and most of the U.S. Geological survey, fisheries, wildlife resources, oceanography, and insular areas, all matters regarding Native American, matters related to the National Park System, U.S. forests, public lands, and national monuments, America's water resources, generation of electric power from federal water projects and interstate water issues.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Has legislative jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, the government procurement process, federal personnel systems, the Postal Service and other matters. Primary responsibility is oversight of virtually everything government does — from national security to homeland security grants, from federal workforce policies to regulatory reform and reorganization authority, from information technology procurements at individual agencies to government-wide data security standards.

Committee on Rules

Oversees the use of parliamentary procedure in the U.S. House of Representatives: principles of adding amendments, a germaneness test, committee rules, etc.

Committee on Science and Technology

It has jurisdiction over non-defense federal scientific research (NSF) and development including energy, environmental (EPA), atmospheric, civil aviation R&D, and the National Weather Service was added to the general realm of scientific research and development.

Relevance to the Academy: Research related to nutrition/health.

Committee on Small Business

Charged with assessing and investigating the problems of small businesses and examining the impact of general business practices and trends on small businesses, this committee also has oversight and legislative authority over the Small Business Administration and its programs, as well as provides assistance to and protection of small businesses, including financial aid and the participation of small business enterprises in federal procurement and government contracts.

Relevance to the Academy: Self-employed RDNs may have interests related to this committee's work.

Ethics Committee (Standards of Official Conduct)

Agrees on a set of rules that regulate what behavior is considered ethical for House members (rules relating to gifts, travel, campaign activities, treatment of staff, conflicts of interest, etc.), conducts investigations into whether members have violated these standards, makes recommendations to the whole House on what action, if any, should be taken as a result of the investigations.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Writes legislation regarding aviation, railroads, navigable waterways, roads, and public works projects as well as other aspects of our national infrastructure, such as clean water and waste management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the economic development of depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, activities of the Army Corps of Engineers and the various missions of the Coast Guard.

Relevance to the Academy: Issues related to community wellness and creation of livable communities as well as disaster preparedness.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Oversees agencies, reviews current legislation, and recommends new bills or amendments concerning veterans.

Relevance to the Academy: The Subcommittee on Health has legislative and oversight jurisdiction for issues related to the Department of Veterans Affairs' health care system, programs and research apparatus.

Committee on Ways and Means

Has jurisdiction over all taxation, tariffs and other revenue-raising measures, as well as a number of other programs including: Social Security, Unemployment benefits, Medicare, enforcement of child support laws, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), foster care and adoption programs.

Relevance to the Academy: The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Health includes issues related to programs providing payments (from any source) for health care (e.g. Medicare), health delivery systems, or health research.