- United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce
The Committee on Energy and Commerce is one of the oldest standing committees of the United States House of Representatives. Established in 1795, it has operated continuously—with various name changes and jurisdictional changes—for more than 200 years. The only other House standing committees with 200 years of continuous operation are the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Rules Committee. It has served as the principal guide for the House in matters relating to the promotion of commerce and to the public’s health and marketplace interests.
Role of the committee
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has developed what is arguably the broadest (non-tax-oriented) jurisdiction of any Congressional committee. Today, it maintains principal responsibility for legislative oversight relating to telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health, air quality and environmental health, the supply and delivery of energy, and interstate and foreign commerce in general. This jurisdiction extends over five Cabinet-level departments and seven independent agencies—from the Department of Energy, Health and Human Services, the Transportation Department to the Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, and Federal Communications Commission—and sundry quasi-governmental organizations.
Members, 112th Congress
The committee chairman is Fred Upton of Michigan. The Ranking Member is Henry Waxman of California. Joe Barton, who chaired the committee during the 109th Congress and served as ranking member from 2007–2011, will replace John Dingell as chairman emeritus. The committee has 54 members:
- Fred Upton, Michigan, Chairman
- Joe Barton, Texas, Chair Emeritus
- Cliff Stearns, Florida
- Ed Whitfield, Kentucky
- John Shimkus, Illinois
- Joseph R. Pitts, Pennsylvania
- Mary Bono Mack, California
- Greg Walden, Oregon
- Lee Terry, Nebraska
- Mike Rogers, Michigan
- Sue Myrick, North Carolina, Vice Chair
- John Sullivan, Oklahoma
- Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania
- Michael C. Burgess, Texas
- Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee
- Brian Bilbray, California
- Charlie Bass, New Hampshire
- Phil Gingrey, Georgia
- Steve Scalise, Louisiana
- Bob Latta, Ohio
- Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington
- Gregg Harper, Mississippi
- Leonard Lance, New Jersey
- Bill Cassidy, Louisiana
- Brett Guthrie, Kentucky
- Pete Olson, Texas
- David McKinley, West Virginia
- Cory Gardner, Colorado
- Mike Pompeo, Kansas
- Adam Kinzinger, Illinois
- Morgan Griffith, Virginia
- Henry Waxman, California, Ranking Member
- John Dingell, Michigan
- Ed Markey, Massachusetts
- Edolphus Towns, New York
- Frank Pallone, New Jersey
- Bobby Rush, Illinois
- Anna Eshoo, California
- Eliot Engel, New York
- Gene Green, Texas
- Diana DeGette, Colorado
- Lois Capps, California
- Michael F. Doyle, Pennsylvania
- Jan Schakowsky, Illinois
- Charlie Gonzalez, Texas
- Jay Inslee, Washington
- Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin
- Mike Ross, Arkansas
- Jim Matheson, Utah
- G. K. Butterfield, North Carolina
- John Barrow, Georgia
- Doris Matsui, California
- Donna Christian-Christensen, Virgin Islands
- Kathy Castor, Florida
- Resolutions electing Republican members (H.Res. 6, H.Res. 33, H.Res. 42)
- Resolutions electing Democratic members (H.Res. 7, H.Res. 31), H.Res. 321)
To manage the wide variety of issues it encounters, the Committee relies on the front-line work of six subcommittees, one more than during the 111th Congress. During the 111th Congress, Chairman Henry Waxman combined the traditionally separate energy and environment subcommittees into a single subcommittee. New Chairman Fred Upton restored them as separate subcommittees at the start of the 112th Congress.
Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) Communications and Technology Greg Walden (R-OR) Anna Eshoo (D-CA) Energy and Power Ed Whitfield (R-KY) Bobby Rush (D-IL) Environment and Economy John Shimkus (R-IL) Gene Green (D-TX) Health Joe Pitts (R-PA) Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Oversight and Investigations Cliff Stearns (R-FL) Diana DeGette (D-CO)
The Committee was originally formed as the Committee on Commerce and Manufactures on December 14, 1795. Prior to this, legislation was drafted in the Committee of the Whole or in special ad hoc committees, appointed for specific limited purposes. However the growing demands of the new nation required that Congress establish a permanent committee to manage its constitutional authority under the Commerce Clause to "regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States."
From this time forward, as the nation grew and Congress dealt with new public policy concerns and created new committees, the Energy and Commerce Committee has maintained its central position as Congress's monitor of commercial progress—a focus reflected in its changing jurisdiction, both in name and practice.
In 1819, the Committee’s name was changed to the Committee on Commerce, reflecting the creation of a separate Manufacturers Committee and also the increasing scope of and complexity of American commercial activity, which was expanding the Committee’s jurisdiction from navigational aids and the nascent general health service to foreign trade and tariffs. Thomas J. Bliley, who chaired the Committee from 1995 to 2000, chose to use this traditional name, which underscores the Committee's role for Congress on this front.
In 1891, in emphasis of the Committee's evolving activities, the name was again changed to the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce—a title it maintained until 1981, when, under incoming Chairman John Dingell, the Committee first assumed what is now its present name to emphasize its lead role in guiding the energy policy of the United States. Dingell regained chairmanship of the committee in 2007 after having served as ranking member since 1995. In late 2008, Henry Waxman initiated a successful challenge to unseat Dingell as chairman. His challenge was unusual as the party caucus traditionally elects chairmen based on committee seniority. Waxman formally became chairman at the start of the 111th Congress.
- ^ a b "Upton Announces Republican Membership on Energy & Commerce Subcommittees for 112th Congress". January 7, 2011. http://energycommerce.house.gov/news/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=8141. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
- ^ "House Energy and Commerce Committee announces Subcommittee Chairs and Membership". Energy and Commerce Committee Press Release. January 8, 2009. http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1462&Itemid=93. Retrieved January 8, 2009.
- ^ H.Res. 8
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