Committees and Caucuses
The House of Representatives has 20 standing committees which have jurisdiction over specific issue areas. These committees play an important role in the legislative process, hold hearings and oversee agencies and programs within their purview.
Congressman Brown has been appointed to the follow committees for the 115th Congress:
The Armed Services Committee is responsible for policy related to defense policy generally; ongoing military operations; the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and national security functions of the Department of Energy; and consideration of the annual defense authorization and budget that involves millions of military and civilian personnel, thousands of facilities, and hundreds of agencies, departments and commands throughout the world.
House Committee on Natural Resources considers legislation on climate change, American energy production, mining, parks, public lands, fisheries and wildlife, Native Americans, hydropower, and reclamation.
The Ethics Committee interprets, investigates and enforces the House Code of Official Conduct and rules regarding gifts, financial disclosure and other activities of Members of Congress and employees
In the House of Representatives there are also a number of Caucuses (officially styled Congressional Member Organizations) - comprised of Members - to pursue common policy objectives. Congressman Brown is a member of the following caucuses:
- Congressional Black Caucus
- New Democrat Coalition
- Chesapeake Bay Caucus
- Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth
- Congressional Iraq Caucus
- Blue Collar Caucus
- Warrior Caucus
- Pro-Choice Caucus
- U.S.-Japan Caucus
- Defense Communities Caucus
- Career and Technical Education Caucus
- Congressional Fire Services Caucus
- Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
- General Aviation Caucus