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 116th 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.
Seapower and Projection Forces
Tactical Air & Land Forces
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads. The Committee also has jurisdiction over other aspects of our national infrastructure, such as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the management of federally owned real estate and public buildings, the development of economically depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, and hazardous materials transportation.
In addition, the Transportation Committee has broad jurisdiction over the Department of Transportation, ,the U.S. Coast Guard, Amtrak, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and others. The Committee also has jurisdiction over federal buildings, which includes the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Highways and Transit
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs has jurisdiction over veterans’ measures generally, including veterans’ hospitals, medical care, treatment compensation, vocational rehabilitation, and education, as well as over pensions of all the wars of the United States (general and special), the readjustment of servicemembers to civil life, and servicemembers’ civil relief. To ensure veterans receive these crucial services and benefits, the Committee is committed to its oversight role of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, including the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA). The Committee also oversees life insurance issued by the Government on account of service in the Armed Forces as well as the cemeteries of the United States in which veterans of any war or conflict are or may be buried (whether in the United States or abroad, except cemeteries administered by the Secretary of the Interior).
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:
Congressman Brown is the Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition National Security Task Force.
- New Democrat Coalition National Security Task Force.
- House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
- House Speaker’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs
- United for Climate and Environmental Justice