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Here’s What the New Democratic House Committee Leaders Plan to Do

by Countable | Updated on 11.7.18

Now that Democrats have taken control of the House, that means (D)s will become the chairmen and chairwomen of various committees.

Democrats holding the gavels also means that the Trump White House is bracing for a caravan of subpoenas covering the Russia investigation to the president’s tax returns.  

Here’s who’s likely setting the agenda for seven key House committees:

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence - Rep. Adam Schiff of California

  • Schiff is likely to reopen the investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential race.
  • In March, Republicans closed the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, concluding there was no collusion.
  • Schiff, who had been the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said ending the probe was a “terrible disservice to the country and the American people.”
“There are serious and credible allegations the Russians may possess financial leverage over the president, including perhaps the laundering of Russian money through his businesses,” Schiff wrote in an Oct. 12 op-ed. “It would be negligent to our national security not to find out.”

Judiciary – Jerrold Nadler of New York

  • Nadler has said Democrats may have to investigate allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, though “it is not something we are eager to do.”
“But the Senate having failed to do its proper constitutionally mandated job of advise and consent, we are going to have to do something to provide a check and balance, to protect the rule of law and to protect the legitimacy of one of our most important institutions.”

Foreign Affairs Committee - Rep. Eliot Engel of New York

  • As the New York Times explained, Engel “hopes to be a counterbalance to Mr. Trump’s unconventional foreign policy, and he could get an opportunity sooner than anticipated. After the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul," the administration is under pressure to punish a close Arab ally, "and the president has said he would rather Congress take the lead.”
  • Engel could also “revive legislation he wrote to hold Russian actors responsible for interfering in the 2016 election and a resolution of inquiry seeking records from Mr. Trump’s summit meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia earlier this year.”

Oversight and Government Reform – Elijah Cummings of Maryland

  • Cummings is facing what the Times called “one of the Democrats’ most perilous balancing acts”—he’s tasked with how “to scrutinize the heap of Trump administration scandals left untouched by Republicans without appearing to overreach.”
  • Cummings has said he’s up for the challenge:
“This is not about trying to get any retribution. It is about trying to bring us back to a sense of integrity.”
  • Cummings may hold immediate inquiries about the EPA’s dissolving of its Office of the Science Advisor, voter suppression, adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, and the White House’s reported undermining of Obamacare.

Budget Committee – John Yarmuth of Kentucky

  • Asked if he’d try and force Trump to release his tax returns earlier this year if the Democrats took the House, Yarmuth told the Hill: “I don’t think there’s any question about it.”

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee - Peter DeFazio of Oregon

  • Infrastructure could be one of the few things Trump and House Democrats can agree on. DeFazio has appeared to be open to working with the president, and Trump has mused there’s “a chance” he and House (D)s will “get along and get along well.”
  • Democrats in the Senate had unveiled a $1.6 trillion blueprint to rebuild America’s roads, bridges, and subways and expand access to high-speed internet. DeFazio has suggested raising the gas tax (in line with inflation) to pay for some of these infrastructure updates.

Energy and Commerce – Frank Pallone of New Jersey

  • This committee has jurisdiction over health care, energy, the environment, and interstate business.
  • For Pallone and the Democrats, the goals are stabilizing the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), lowering prescription drug costs, and reinstating environmental protections undone by the Trump administration.
  • Pallone, a member of the Progressive Caucus, may also try to pressure the FCC on its decision to roll back net neutrality protections.

What do you think?

Which of these policies (if any) do you support? Any more you'd like to see? Take action above and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Jose
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    11/07/2018
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    I’m so glad that finally one part of government is going to set checks and balances on the president

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  • IllWill
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    Make sure Trump’s agenda gets blocked completely. Obstruct just like the Republicans obstructed Obama for 6 years until we can vote the criminal out in 2020 or until he gets impeached.

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  • Robert
    11/07/2018
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    Protect Robert Mueller!!!

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  • SneakyPete
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    PRESIDENT TRUMP, WE ALL “HAVE YOUR SIX”. As we expected, we are going to see that the Democratic House under the supervision of Rep Pelosi will have “NO” repeat “NO” intentions of working with OUR President or the Republican members of Congress. We are going to see the Hypocritical, “Holier-Than-Thou”, “SANCTIMONIOUS”, DEMOCRATS doing everything imaginable in their power, to hinder President Trumps Agenda which has advanced the past failed 8 years under the Obama administrations, driven by the Schumer and Pelosi failed Leadership. The Key DEMOCRATIC Agenda items to be implemented after they assume control of the U.S.House: * “TAX & SPEND” will a primarily goal. * Impeachment of President Trump. * Impeachment of Justices 👨‍⚖️ Kavanaugh. * Maintaining the U.S. Southern boarder open. They will fail and fail the more that they try. 😈 SO LET THE FUN AND GAMES BEGIN FOLKS 😈 SneakyPete ..... 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸. 11*7*18 .....

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  • William
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    I’m fine with these things as long as meaningful legislation is also on the agenda.

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  • HockeyGuy
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    Immigration reform must be one of the top two priorities. You cannot expect the Latino community to support the Democratic Party without Democrats making a serious effort to get decent immigration legislation placed on Trump’s desk for signature. We still have kids and parents separated, you must fix this with legislation immediately! If you do not fix this, we will most certainly have another 4 years of Trump and Republican Control of both Houses in 2020!

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  • mackatee
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    All of these seem like a good start to bring back real American values.

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  • BIGDADDY
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    I’d like to see them do all of this. The only thing Democrat’s are good for is...oh wait, Democrats are good for nothing.

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  • James
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    That’s a pretty hefty wish list! And We have a Republican Senate and a conservative Supreme Court!

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  • Matt
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    holding trump accountable is important,but I hope they work to undo the damage done by this regime as well.but in the meantime,people need healthcare,housing and living wages.they need social security,we need to expand medicaid,and we need justice reforms.end the drug war and for profit prisons.

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  • David
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    Like always, the Dems will promise utopia to their constituents paid for by other people. The top 10% of earners already pay 92% of the federal tax. When will you learn not to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs? Mueller has already wasted $40 million. Stop the hate show that still has found NO evidence!

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  • JTTexas
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    We will see. I’m hoping we just get to work and get things done. Let’s come together y’all. Starts with our leadership in government!

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  • Jann
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    These are all important. And which committee: 1. cleans up voter suppression? 2. ends Citizen United? 3. ends gerrymandering? 4. creates a day off for voting? 5. standardized voting machines in all states? 6. mandatory voting space adequate for the population? 7. Assure polls are properly manned and supplied 8. Laws put into place to prosecute severely anyone caught tampering with voting rights There are only 2 years to ensure a fair election in 2020 These things have to be remedied to insure that elections run smoother!

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  • Justin
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    They all sound good to me! But how about the emoluments claws? Trump has been using that portion of the constitution as toilet paper since the inauguration!

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  • Robert
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    About time Trumpian toes to the 🔥

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  • Blazerman
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    Most of this is utter nonsense and a waste of taxpayer money...

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  • Jim2423
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    So bad, when will we ever have term limits to throw the imbeciles out of office that waste tax payers money on political games instead of helping America.

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  • Dorothy
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    I’m tired of the democrats being obstructionists and not getting things done just because they don’t want President Trump to have a successful presidential term. President Trump will approve any good bill presented to him regardless of which party drafts such a bill. If the democrats really care about the citizens of this country they will work WITH the President and not against him.

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  • Stickyfingers
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    The fascist liberal democrats have no party platform. All they have is hate for President Trump. There was no Russian collusion but they want more investigations. They don’t give a dam about our borders, just let more caravan’s come, they want to abolish ICE, who cares if illegal migrants are killing US citizens and they want to raise our taxes and keep the felled Obamacare. This is the new fascist, socialist,liberal democrats. God help America and it’s legal citizens.

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  • SneakyPete
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    OPERATION “Delay, Hinder, Delay, Resist” is on full bore. SneakyPete ..... 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸. 11*8*18 .....

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  • John
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    That sounds like the typical nonsense you would expect from childish democrats. I would love to see a few of them act like adults, step up and recognize the good that Trump has done for this country, and agree to work with him to accomplish more of the economic successes that Trump has done so well with. Instead, Democrats are worried about Russia, which is a good thing except that there is no reason to believe Russia wanted to help Trump in any way. In fact, the investigations that are completed show that the Russians, if they helped anyone, helped Hillary. Then the next thing they are worried about is making sure that 4% of the US population (LGBT) has more rights than the other 96% of the population. That’s called discrimination. And then, of course, most importantly that have to make sure that Trump won’t say anything to offend the cry-baby’s that are so easily offended by anything he says. I nearly compared those political cry baby’s to three year olds, but I don’t want to insult toddlers by that comparison. Come on! Let’s be adults! Grow up, put up with what you don’t like, and help shape things in a good way rather than pouting in a corner! Democrats and Republicans, lets come together and Make America Great Again.

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  • Joshua
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    Great ideas to start with

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  • Maryjane
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    Full Steam Ahead: Russia Investigations! Investigate the Tax-Cheat-in-Chief: Trump DO IT NOW !!!

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  • Surender
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    Cnn jim acosta’s white house pass cancellation is an insult to all of us. Will someone tell moron he works for the people and is accountable to the people. Congress do your work now and cancel moron’s pass to the oval office immediately. He is a criminal. Lock him up! Enough is enough.

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