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House Leadership Appoints Congressman Panetta to Three Committees for the 116th Congress

February 14, 2019
Press Release
Panetta will serve on Ways and Means, Budget, and Agriculture Committees

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional leadership has appointed Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) to serve on three committees during the 116th Congress.  He will serve on the House Ways and Means Committee and its Trade Subcommittee. Congressman Panetta was also selected as one of three Ways and Means Committee members to serve on the Budget Committee.  In addition, Congressman Panetta requested and was granted the opportunity to continue serving on the House Agriculture Committee, where he will serve on three subcommittees, including Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research; General Farm Commodities and Risk Management; and Nutrition.

"It is a true honor that Congressional leadership has confidence in my ability to serve on the Ways and Means Committee.  The Ways and Means and the Budget Committees are at the center of our work in Congress to create an economic environment that fosters prosperity for all of our communities.  Combined with my reappointment to the Agriculture Committee, I will be in a unique position to advance trade policies that benefit the district, including those that expand exports for agriculture, our number one industry," said Congressman Panetta.   "Over the last two years, I have been working for long-term, bipartisan solutions to tackle the challenges that we face at home.  With these assignments, I believe that I am even better positioned now to lead responsible and effective legislation that improves the lives of those on the Central Coast."

The Ways and Means Committee is the oldest and chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives.  The Committee has jurisdiction over all taxation, trade, tariffs, and other revenue-raising measures, as well as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment benefits, child and family support laws, and adoption and foster care programs.  The committee has six subcommittees pertaining to issues in health, human resources, oversight, tax policy, social security, and trade.

The Subcommittee on Trade is responsible for matters related to international trade, including customs, tariffs, reciprocal trade agreements, and international trade rules and organizations.  The subcommittee also addresses issues involving market access, competitive industry conditions, export policy, and bilateral trade relations including trade with developing countries.

The Budget Committee is the chief legislative panel conducting oversight of the federal budget process.  The committee’s chief responsibility is to draft an annual Congressional Budget Resolution, which directs Congress on how the federal government invests taxpayer dollars and expands economic opportunities for Americans.

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research is responsible for policies, statutes, and markets relating to horticulture, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and ornamentals; bees; and organic agriculture; policies and statutes relating to marketing and promotion orders; pest and disease management; bioterrorism; adulteration and quarantine matters; research, education, and extension; and biotechnology.  The Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management focuses on crop insurance and commodity crops.  The Subcommittee on Nutrition is responsible for policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and domestic commodity distribution and consumer initiatives.