Committee on Education and the Workforce – The Committee on Education and the Workforce's purpose is to ensure that Americans' needs are addressed so that students and workers may move forward in a changing school system and a competitive global economy. For generations, America has been a leader in the global economy, thanks to the drive and innovative spirit of America's workers. But middle class families have lost ground, finding themselves squeezed between shrinking paychecks and bigger bills for basic items like housing, health care, college tuition, and energy. The mission of this committee is simple: Growing and strengthening America's middle class.
Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education – Education from early learning through the high school level including, but not limited to, elementary and secondary education, special education, homeless education, and migrant education; overseas dependent schools; career and technical education; school safety and alcohol and drug abuse prevention; school lunch and child nutrition programs; educational research and improvement including the Institute of Education Sciences; environmental education; pre-service and in-service teacher professional development including Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Title II of the Higher Education Act; early care and education programs including the Head Start Act and the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act; adolescent development and training programs including, but not limited to, those providing for the care and treatment of certain at-risk youth including the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act; and all matters dealing with child abuse and domestic violence including the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and child adoption.
Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions – All matters dealing with relationships between employers and employees including, but not limited to, the National Labor Relations Act, the Labor-Management Relations Act, and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act; the Bureau of Labor Statistics; employment-related health and retirement security including pension, health, and other employee benefits and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); and all matters related to equal employment opportunity and civil rights in employment.
Committee on Natural Resources – this Committee exercises responsibility over matters that enrich America and all Americans – from the natural and historic heritage of our National Parks and forests to the majesty of our oceans and wilderness areas. Committee jurisdiction also includes the Geological Survey, Insular possessions of the United States and relations of the United States with Native Americans and Native American tribes.
Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs – oversees matters ranging from natural resources and land management, ownership, and leasing to Indian healthcare, tribal criminal justice, development of reservation economies, and enhancement of social welfare and improvement of energy efficiency and renewable energy development initiatives on tribal lands. With the Subcommittee's broad jurisdiction, Democrats are dedicated to protecting tribal sovereign authority over lands and natural resources and to empowering tribal governments with enhanced self-governance authorities while honoring the federal trust relationship between the United States and Native nations and peoples. The Subcommittee has specific jurisdiction over the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of the Interior.
Subcommittee Water, Power and Oceans – The Subcommittee on Water and Power is responsible for matters concerning America’s water resources, federal irrigation projects, generation of electric power from federal water projects and interstate water issues.