House E&C Gets Organized


The partial shutdown of the Federal government has led some to ask if the FCC will still hold its January Open Meeting, scheduled for Jan. 30. Operations are mostly suspended.

For the FCC’s governing body in the U.S. House of Representatives, life goes on. With the 116th Congress now seated, the new House Energy & Commerce Committee is ready for an organizational meeting.

With Democrats in control, the powerful House E&C Committee is planning to hold a formal organizational meeting on Thursday (1/24) at 10am in a locale familiar to attendees, Room 2123 of Rayburn HOB, on the south side of Capitol Hill.

At the meeting, the Energy and Commerce Committee will adopt the Committee Rules, the Committee’s subcommittee names, jurisdictions and ratios, and announce the subcommittee chairs, ranking members and members, as well as the Vice Chair of the full Committee.

Thus, it is a codification session, as all of this has been laid out by the GOP minority and by Democrats on the Committee.

For the all-important Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, led in the 115th Congress by now-Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, leadership has gone to Pallone’s right-hand man on FCC issues, Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania.

Committee Democrats also elected Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York as Vice Chair of the full Committee. The Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology is Ohio Rep. Bob Latta.

For Republicans, there’s one new face on the committee that oversees the FCC worth noting. On Jan. 15, the House Republican Steering Committee selected Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana to serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

Mike Doyle (PA) – Chair

Jerry McNerney (CA)

Yvette Clarke (NY)

David Loebsack (IA)

Marc Veasey (TX)

A. Donald McEachin (VA)

Darren Soto (FL)

Tom O’Halleran (AZ)

Anna Eshoo (CA)

Diana DeGette (CO)

G.K. Butterfield (NC)

Doris Matsui (CA)

Peter Welch (VT)

Ben Ray Luján (NM)

Kurt Schrader (OR)

Tony Cárdenas (CA)

Debbie Dingell (MI)

Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ) – Ex Officio