Congress divides its major legislative work into committees where bills usually originate. Committees are specialized by subject and hold hearings, prepare bills for the consideration of the entire House, and regulate House procedure.
Jim's recognition as a leader on complex policy issues prompted Democratic leadership to assign him to three of the most significant committees in the House. Click the links below for more information.
Committee on Armed Services - The primary responsibility of the House Armed Services Committee is to ensure that our men and women in the military have the resources they need to defend our freedom. The Committee oversees a $663.8 billion military budget.
Jim serves as the Chairman on the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which oversees our nation's strategic weapons, ballistic missile defense, space programs, and Department of Energy national security programs.
He also serves on the Seapower & Projection Forces Subcommittee and the Intelligence, Emerging Threats & Capabilities Subcommittee.
More: See recent news and updates on Jim's National Security page.
More: Check out the Strategic Forces Subcommittee's Page for Press Releases and Hearings
Committee on Oversight and Reform - The Committee on Oversight and Reform is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal policy implications.
He also serves on the National Security Subcommittee.
More: Read about Jim's work on Government Reform here.
Committee on the Budget - The Committee on the Budget is responsible for 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.