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Committees and Caucuses


I am the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for all federal discretionary spending. Before becoming Ranking Member, I served on the following three Appropriations subcommittees:

Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Chairwoman

The Defense Subcommittee oversees more than 50 percent of discretionary funding in the federal budget. This funding ensures that our military has the resources needed to keep America safe. As Chairwoman, I am committed to rebuilding our military after many years of arbitrary and dangerous budget cuts. The Constitution states that providing for the common defense is among the primary roles of the federal government, and we must do so to ensure the United States and our allies are safe from enemies in these very dangerous times.

State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee

The State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee plays a critical role in our national security. From supporting our ally Israel and our embassy security around the world – to stopping the spread of global terrorism – I oversee many of the key programs that invest in the protection of our homeland. In my oversight role, I insist on ensuring that U.S. taxpayer dollars are being used wisely on proven programs while cutting programs that have not been effective.

Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee

The Energy and Water Subcommittee oversees funding for critical infrastructure projects and federal agencies like the Department of Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

I also serve on one non-Appropriations Committee:

United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

This Committee is responsible for the oversight of the United States Intelligence Community and the Military Intelligence Program.



Caucuses are small groups within Congress that provide a forum for specific issues or legislative agendas.  For example, I launched the bipartisan, Joint Strike Fighter Caucus in 2011 in order to provide Members of Congress accurate and timely information on the development, testing and deployment of our next-generation fighter, the F-35. (Learn more about the Joint Strike Fighter Caucus here)

Here is a complete list of caucuses I have joined:

Joint Strike Fighter Caucus, Co-Chair

Congressional Caucus on Community Health Centers, Co-Chair

Disaster Relief Caucus, Co-Chair

Working Group for a Working Congress, Co-Chair

House Human Trafficking Caucus, Co-Chair

Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, Vice Chair

Americans Abroad Caucus, Member

Arts Caucus, Member

Coalition for Autism Research and Education, Member

Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, Member

Congressional Children’s Health Care Caucus, Member

Congressional Coalition on Adoption, Member

Congressional Diabetes Caucus, Member

Congressional Fire Services Caucus, Member

Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, Member

Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, Member

Congressional Internet Caucus, Member

Congressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus, Member

Congressional Women’s Caucus, Member

House Army Caucus, Member

Prevention Caucus, Member

Republican Study Committee, Member

Republican Women’s Policy Committee, Member

Texas Caucus on Shale Oil and Gas, Member

USO Congressional Caucus, Member