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House committees

In the 111th Congress, there are twenty-one standing House committees, four joint committees (comprised of members from both the House and Senate) and one special committee. House Rule X governs the process by which committee chairs and members are selected, as well as the jurisdiction and oversight responsibilities of each respective committee. Members of each standing committee are elected by the full House within seven days following the start of each Congress. The elections are based on nominations submitted by the respective party caucuses or conferences. Membership on a committee is contingent upon a member remaining a part of the caucus or conference who nominated him/her; parties may remove a member from a committee if he/she leaves the party. Members are restricted from serving on more than two standing committees or four subcommittees of the standing committees (with limited exception). Committee chairs, similar to members, are elected by the House on the basis of nominations put forward by the majority party caucus or conference. In the case of a permanent vacancy in the elected chairmanship of a committee, the House elects a replacement through the same process. Members cannot serve as committee chairs of the same committee for more than three consecutive Congresses (six years). Each standing committee may appoint, by majority vote, up to 30 professional staff members to be compensated from the funds provided for the appointment of committee staff by primary and additional expense resolutions. Each professional staff member appointed is assigned to the chair and ranking minority member of the respective committee.

Senate committees

Committee list

House Committees Joint Committees Senate Committees
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Agriculture">House Committee on Agriculture</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Appropriations">House Committee on Appropriations</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Armed Services">House Committee on Armed Services</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Budget">House Committee on Budget</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Education and Labor">House Committee on Education and Labor</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Energy and Commerce">House Committee on Energy and Commerce</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Financial Services">House Committee on Financial Services</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Foreign Affairs">House Committee on Foreign Affairs</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Homeland Security">House Committee on Homeland Security</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on House Administration">House Committee on House Administration</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Natural Resources">House Committee on Natural Resources</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform">House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Rules">House Committee on Rules</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Science and Technology">House Committee on Science and Technology</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Small Business">House Committee on Small Business</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure">House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Veterans' Affairs">House Committee on Veterans' Affairs</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on Ways and Means">House Committee on Ways and Means</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Committee on the Judiciary">House Committee on the Judiciary</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Ethics Committee">House Ethics Committee</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence">House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming">House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming</a>
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  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Joint Committee on Printing">Joint Committee on Printing</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Joint Committee on Taxation">Joint Committee on Taxation</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Joint Committee on the Library of Congress">Joint Committee on the Library of Congress</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Joint Economic Committee">Joint Economic Committee</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry">Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Appropriations">Senate Committee on Appropriations</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Armed Services">Senate Committee on Armed Services</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs">Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation">Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources">Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works">Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Finance">Senate Committee on Finance</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Foreign Relations">Senate Committee on Foreign Relations</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions">Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs">Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Indian Affairs">Senate Committee on Indian Affairs</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Rules and Administration">Senate Committee on Rules and Administration</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship">Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs">Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on the Budget">Senate Committee on the Budget</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Committee on the Judiciary">Senate Committee on the Judiciary</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Select Committee on Ethics">Senate Select Committee on Ethics</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Select Committee on Intelligence">Senate Select Committee on Intelligence</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Senate Special Committee on Aging">Senate Special Committee on Aging</a>

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