Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials exercises jurisdiction over the programs and activities of two U. Department of Transportation (USDOT) modal administrations, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).The Subcommittee oversees the passenger and freight rail safety and economic regulations, including all federal laws and programs regulating railroad transportation, including railroad safety, rail infrastructure programs, economic regulation, railroad labor laws, and the non-revenue aspects of the federal railroad retirement and railroad unemployment systems.
And because of the seniority system’s continued sway over the institution, the veterans generally get the pick of the litter and the newcomers are left to choose from the best of the rest.
All that, plus the uncertainty of the runoff in Louisiana, means returning senators won’t know for sure about openings on the so-called A committees until the second week in December, with freshmen left waiting to start assessing targets of opportunity.
The jockeying and suspense will be especially acute in the House.
Its 435 seats make specialization something close to a job requirement, so committee membership takes on outsize importance in driving each member’s legislative priorities and perceived areas of expertise — and in many cases fundraising focus as well.
In the House, the biggest winners have already been announced.
House Committee Assignments
Nine Republicans first elected in 2010 and nine from the Class of 2012 (including a pair of subsequent special-election winners) have been tapped for the committees with the most powerful legislative jurisdictions, which therefore provide their membership with the most robust flows of campaign cash.Each of the Appropriations assignments seems to have some ready logic.Not only is Evan Jenkins a political “giant killer” (he defeated 19-term Democrat Nick J.It’s easy to understand wanting a seat on Ways and Means in almost any year, and especially when the time appears ripe for a corporate tax overhaul.Less obvious is why one of the four openings was claimed by George Holding of North Carolina, a federal prosecutor for almost a decade before his election in 2012.Rahall II), his state of West Virginia also counts on federal largesse to prop up its fragile economy.But the Mountain State hasn’t had an appropriator in its delegation since the decade began.Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research Subcommittee (STAR) The Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research Subcommittee oversees the development and implementation of emerging and advanced technologies that are essential to intelligence collection and national security.This includes ensuring the United States remains at the cutting edge in overhead systems, artificial intelligence/machine learning and computing, as well as data and systems integrity.Additional information about the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) can be found here.The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure oversees all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads.