Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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Committees Assignments

Committee on Energy and Commerce

U.S. Rep. DeGette was appointed Vice Chair of the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce in January 2007, an exclusive congressional committee with vast jurisdiction over health care, trade, business, technology and consumer protection.  She held the position until the election of a new Republican majority in 2011. A member of the Committee since her first term in Congress, U.S. Rep. DeGette has used her position to improve health care, expand medical research, reform corporate business and accounting practices, and ensure that our homeland is adequately protected. In 2011 she was elected as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. In addition, U.S. Rep. DeGette also serves on the following subcommittees:

Committee Action

Please see below for full committee and subcommittee jurisdiction

  • Overall Jurisdiction of the Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Subcommittee on the Environment 
  • Subcommittee on Health
  • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Full Committee
(1) Biomedical research and development.
(2) Consumer affairs and consumer protection.
(3) Health and health facilities (except health care supported by payroll deductions).
(4) Interstate energy compacts.
(5) Interstate and foreign commerce generally.
(6) Exploration, production, storage, supply, marketing, pricing, and regulation of energy resources, including all fossil fuels, solar energy, and other unconventional or renewable energy resources.
(7) Conservation of energy resources.
(8) Energy information generally.
(9) The generation and marketing of power (except by federally chartered or Federal regional power marketing authorities); reliability and interstate transmission of, and ratemaking for, all power; and siting of generation facilities (except the installation of interconnections between Government waterpower projects).
(10) General management of the Department of Energy and management and all functions of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
(11) National energy policy generally.
(12) Public health and quarantine.
(13) Regulation of the domestic nuclear energy industry, including regulation of research and development reactors and nuclear regulatory research.
(14) Regulation of interstate and foreign communications.
(15) Travel and tourism.
(16) Homeland security-related aspects of the foregoing, including cyber security.

The committee shall have the same jurisdiction with respect to regulation of nuclear facilities and of use of nuclear energy as it has with respect to regulation of nonnuclear facilities and of use of nonnuclear energy.

Subcommittee on the Environment 
Jurisdiction includes all matters related to soil and water contamination, including Superfund and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the regulation of solid, hazardous, and nuclear wastes, including mining, nuclear, oil, gas, and coal combustion waste; emergency environmental response; industrial plant security, including cybersecurity; the regulation of drinking water (Safe Drinking Water Act), including underground injection of fluids (e.g., deep well injection or hydrofracking); toxic substances (Toxic Substances Control Act); noise; and all aspects of the above-referenced jurisdiction related to the Department of Homeland Security.

Subcommittee on Health
Jurisdiction includes public health and quarantine; hospital construction; mental health; biomedical research and development; health information technology, privacy, and cybersecurity; public health insurance (Medicare, Medicaid) and private health insurance; medical malpractice and medical malpractice insurance; the regulation of food, drugs, and cosmetics; drug abuse; the Department of Health and Human Services; the National Institutes of Health; the Centers for Disease Control; Indian Health Service; and all aspects of the above-referenced jurisdiction related to the Department of Homeland Security.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
 Jurisdiction includes responsibility for oversight of agencies, departments, and programs related to the jurisdiction of the full committee, and for conducting investigations.