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Committees

Dave serves on three Committees and two Subcommittees:

The House Appropriations Committee

  • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies (Ranking Member)
  • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government

The House Select Committee on Modernization

The House Committee on Ethics

A great deal of important legislative work takes place in the course of committee service, and committee hearings are a valuable source of public information. You can learn more about Dave’s work with each committee below or by clicking on the links above to visit each committee's home page. There you will find hearing schedules and additional information regarding current issues under consideration by Congress.

 

The House Appropriations Committee

As the U.S. Constitution says in Article I, Section 9, Clause 7: “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of Appropriations made by Law.”

Comprised of 33 Democrats and 26 Republicans who are organized into 12 subcommittees, the House Appropriations Committee is responsible for funding the federal government’s basic operations and vital activities. 

Through the 12 appropriations bills that the Committee considers each year, Appropriations Committee members work on behalf of the American people to scrutinize federal spending and determine how their tax dollars are best spent. The Committee works to ensure the government is funded in a way that secures the American Dream for both current and future generations.

You can learn more about the history of this influential committee here.

 

Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies (Ranking Member)

This is Dave’s second term serving as the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. In this important role, Dave has established himself as a champion of the bipartisan effort to preserve and protect the Great Lakes.

Having lived his entire life on the shore of Lake Erie, Dave understands how important it is to support programs that ensure we are protecting our natural resources and preserving them for future generations.

As Ranking Member, Dave works with the Chair, Rep. Chellie Pingree, to determine discretionary spending levels for programs within the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other related agencies, including the Indian Health Service. A full list of the Subcommittee’s jurisdiction can be found here.

 

Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government

The Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Subcommittee is responsible for providing oversight and approval over annual spending levels for a diverse number of agencies in charge of regulating the financial and telecommunications industries, collecting taxes and providing taxpayer assistance, supporting the operations of the White House, the Federal Judiciary and the District of Columbia, managing Federal buildings, and overseeing the Federal workforce. The Subcommittee also provides funding for the Small Business Administration, Federal Trade Commission, and Federal Election Commission. A full list of the Subcommittee’s jurisdiction can be found here.

 

The House Select Committee on Modernization

Dave was selected to serve on the Select Committee on Modernization during the 117th Congress. The Select Committee, which was established by H.Res. 6 in January of 2019, is tasked to investigate, study, make findings, hold public hearings, and develop recommendations to make Congress work better for the American people.

It is one of the only truly bipartisan committees in Congress, with an equal number of Republican and Democratic members. Over the last two years, Democrats and Republicans on the Select Committee have worked together to pass 97 recommendations to make Congress more effective, efficient, accessible, and transparent for the American people. 

During a time of heightened partisanship and incivility, Dave is eager to be a part of this truly bipartisan committee. He looks forward to working with all of his colleagues on the Committee to find solutions to the challenges facing this legislative body, especially how Congress can create a more meaningful budget process and make better use of technology. The American people deserve a more efficient and transparent government. Institutional reform can be difficult, but Dave is hopeful this Committee can achieve a great deal of progress.

 

The House Committee on Ethics

Dave was selected to serve on the Ethics Committee for the 117th Congress. The Ethics Committee is unique among all House committees in that it is a bipartisan committee.  The Ethics Committee’s membership consists of 10 Members, five Members from the two national political parties. The Chair comes from whichever party is in the majority party in the House.  All Committee staff are nonpartisan. 

The Ethics Committee has three main functions.  First, the office of Advice and Education is designated to answer questions and provide ethics training to House Members, officers, and employees.  Contact with the Committee about the application of laws and rules to proposed conduct is welcomed and encouraged. The Committee’s advisory function is conducted in a confidential manner.  The Committee rules prevent an Advice and Education inquiry from being transformed into an investigation.

The second function of the Committee is investigations.  The Committee is charged with investigating and adjudicating any alleged violations of House rules or any related statutes by House Members, officers, or employees.

The Committee’s third function is reviewing financial disclosure statements filed by Members, candidates, senior staff, and shared staff.