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Legislative Updates

Congressional committees most important to NALC’s issues

When members of Congress first come to Washington, their parties’ leaders will let them know on which committees they will serve. It’s a process that happens at the beginning of each Congress (that is, every two years), and shifts in assignments can occur for a variety of reasons.

Committees are an integral part of the legislative process; when a bill is first introduced, it’s immediately assigned to a committee, which can decide whether to hold hearings on it or kill the bill on arrival. It’s through these committee assignments that members become experts in particular policy areas, often overseeing how bills are marked up and listening to testimony from experts.

By dividing up Congress’ legislative, oversight and internal administration tasks, these committees are responsible for:

  • gathering information,
  • comparing and evaluating legislative alternatives,
  • identifying policy problems and proposing solutions,
  • reporting legislation for the full chamber to consider,
  • monitoring executive branch performance, and
  • investigating allegations of wrongdoing.

Although there are 26 House committees and 20 Senate committees, just eight total committees and subcommittees oversee issues relevant to the NALC. Check out the committees below and see whether your representatives in Congress are overseeing policy affecting letter carriers and the postal community.

Senate committees

Senate committee assignments of particular importance to letter carriers

Republicans (9)
Ron Johnson, WI - Chairman
John McCain, AZ
Rob Portman, OH
Rand Paul, KY
James Lankford, OK
Kelly Ayotte, NH
Michael B. Enzi, WY
Joni Ernst, IA
Ben Sasse, NE
Democrats (7)
Thomas R. Carper, DE - Ranking Member
Claire McCaskill, MO
Jon Tester, MT
Tammy Baldwin, WI
Heidi Heitkamp, ND
Cory Booker, NJ
Gary Peters, MI
Republicans (6)
James Lankford, OK - Chairman
John McCain, AZ
Rob Portman, OH
Michael B. Enzi, WY
Joni Ernst, IA
Ben Sasse, NE
Democrats (4)
Heidi Heitkamp, ND – Ranking Member
Jon Tester, MT
Cory Booker, NJ
Gary Peters, MI
Republicans (17)
Thad Cochran, MS - Chairman
Lisa Murkowski, AK
Richard Shelby, AL
John Boozman, AR
Joni Ernst, Iowa
Ben Sasse, Neb.
Jerry Moran, KS
Mitch McConnell, KY
Bill Cassidy, LA
Susan Collins, ME
Roy Blunt, MO
Steve Daines, MT
John Hoeven, ND
James Lankford, OK
Lindsey Graham, SC
Lamar Alexander, TN
Shelley Moore Capito, WV
Democrats (15)
Barbara Mikulski, MD – Ranking Member
Dianne Feinstein, CA
Christopher Murphy, CT
Chris Coons, DE
Brian Schatz, HI
Dick Durbin, IL
Mark Kirk, IL
Jon Tester, MT
Jeanne Shaheen, NH
Tom Udall, NM
Jeff Merkley, OR
Jack Reed, RI
Patrick Leahy, VT
Patty Murray, WA
Tammy Baldwin, WI
Republicans (3)
John Boozman, AR - Chairman
Jerry Moran, KS
James Lankford, OK
Democrats (2)
Chris Coons, DE – Ranking Member
Dick Durbin, IL
Republicans (8)
Johnny Isakson GA - Chairman
Jerry Moran, KS
John Boozman, AR
Dean Heller, NV
Bill Cassidy, LA
Mike Rounds, SD
Thom Tillis, NC
Dan Sullivan, AK
Democrats (7)
Richard Blumenthal, CT - Ranking Member
Patty Murray, WA
Bernie Sanders, VT
Sherrod Brown, OH
Jon Tester, MT
Mazie Hirono, HI
Joe Manchin, WV

House committees

House committee assignments of particular importance to letter carriers

Republicans (25)
Jason Chaffetz, UT - Chairman
John L. Mica, FL
Michael R. Turner, OH
John J. Duncan Jr., TN
Jim Jordan, OH
Tim Walberg, MI
Justin Amash, MI
Paul Gosar, AZ
Scott DesJarlais, TN
Trey Gowdy, SC
Blake Farenthold, TX
Cynthia M. Lummis, WY
Thomas Massie, KY
Mark Meadows, NC
Ron DeSantis, FL
Mick Mulvaney, SC
Ken Buck, CO
Mark Walker, NC
Rod Blum, IA
Jody Hice, GA
Steve Russell, OK
Earl Carter, GA
Glenn Grothman, WI
Will Hurd, TX
Gary Palmer, AL
Democrats (18)
Elijah E. Cummings, MD - Ranking Member
Carolyn B. Maloney, NY
Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC
William Lacy Clay, MO
Stephen F. Lynch, MA
Jim Cooper, TN
Gerald E. Connolly, VA
Matt Cartwright, PA
Tammy Duckworth, IL
Robin Kelly, IL
Brenda Lawrence, MI
Ted Lieu, CA
Bonnie Watson Coleman, NJ
Stacey Plaskett, VI
Mark DeSaulnier, CA
Brendan F. Boyle, PA
Peter Welch, VT
Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM
Republicans (9)
Mark Meadows, NC - Chairman
Jim Jordan, OH
Tim Walberg, MI
Trey Gowdy, SC
Thomas Massie, KY
Mick Mulvaney, SC
Ken Buck, CO
Earl L. Carter, GA
Glenn Grothman, WI
Democrats (6)
Gerald E. Connolly, VA - Ranking Member
Carolyn B. Maloney, NY
Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC
William Lacy Clay, MO
Stephen F. Lynch, MA
Stacey Plaskett, VI
Republicans (29)
Harold Rogers, KY - Chairman
Rodney Frelinghuysen, NJ
Robert B. Aderholt, AL
Kay Granger, TX
Mike Simpson, ID
John Culberson, TX
Ander Crenshaw, FL
John Carter, TX
Ken Calvert, CA
Tom Cole, OK
Mario Diaz-Balart, FL
Charlie Dent, PA
Tom Graves, GA
Kevin Yoder, KS
Steve Womack, AK
Jeff Fortenberry, NE
Tom Rooney, FL
Chuck Fleischmann, TN
Jaime Herrera Beutler, WA
David Joyce, OH
David Valadao, CA
Andy Harris, MD
Martha Roby, AL
Mark Amodei, NV
Chris Stewart, UT
Scott Rigell, VA
David Jolly, FL
David Young, IA
Evan Jenkins, WV
Democrats (22)
Nita M. Lowey, NY - Ranking Member
Marcy Kaptur, OH
Peter J. Visclosky, IN
José E. Serrano, NY
Rosa DeLauro, CT
David E. Price, NC
Lucille Roybal-Allard, CA
Sam Farr, CA
Chaka Fattah, PA
Sanford D. Bishop Jr., GA
Barbara Lee, CA
Adam B. Schiff, CA
Michael M. Honda, CA
Betty McCollum, MN
Tim Ryan, OH
Steve Israel, NY
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, FL
Henry Cuellar, TX
C.A. Ruppersberger, MD
Chellie Pingree, ME
Mike Quigley, IL
Derek Kilmer, WA
Republicans (7)
Ander Crenshaw, FL - Chairman
Tom Graves, GA
Kevin Yoder, KS
Steve Womack, AR
Jaime Herrera Beutler, WA
Mark Amodei, NV
Scott Rigell, VA
Democrats (4)
José E. Serrano, NY - Ranking Member
Mike Quigley, IL
Chaka Fattah, PA
Sanford D. Bishop Jr., GA
Republicans (14)
Jeff Miller, FL - Chairman
Doug Lamborn, CO
Gus Bilirakis, FL
Phil Roe, TN
Dan Benishek, MI
Tim Huelskamp, KS
Mike Coffman, CO
Brad Wenstrup, OH
Jackie Walorski, IN
Ralph Abraham, LA
Lee Zeldin, NY
Ryan Costello, PA
Amata Radewagen, AS
Mike Bost, IL
Democrats (10)
Corrine Brown, FL - Ranking Member
Mark Takano, CA
Julia Brownley, CA
Dina Titus, NV
Raul Ruiz, CA
Ann McLane Kuster, NH
Beto O’Rourke, TX
Kathleen Rice, NY
Timothy J. Walz, MN
Jerry McNerney, CA

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