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 Workforce Protections – Wages and hours of workers including, but not limited to, the Davis-Bacon Act, the Walsh-Healey Act, the Service Contract Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act; workers’ compensation including the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Black Lung Benefits Act; the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act; the Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988; trade and immigration issues as they impact employers and workers; and workers’ safety and health including, but not limited to, occupational safety and health, mine safety and health, and migrant and agricultural worker safety and health.
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 Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Areas – has jurisdiction over legislation governing the Nation's U.S. Territories and Compacts of Free Association, as well as issues relating to fisheries management, wildlife resources, coastal barrier protection and coastal zone management, and marine sanctuaries among other areas.
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation – handles all legislation and oversight activities concerning the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management, as well as a variety of programs cutting across agencies such as wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, historic preservation, trails, recreation and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.