Rules Committee Announces Subcommittee Chairs

Rules Committee Announces Subcommittee Chairs

Goss and Linder to Take Important Subcommittee Helms,
Chairman Dreier Says

WASHINGTON - Congressman David Dreier (R-CA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, said today that Congressmen Porter J. Goss (R-FL) and John Linder (R-GA) will play important roles in formulating the Republican agenda for the 106th Congress as they assume the Chairmanships of the Rules Committee Subcommittees.

"Republicans are committed to working on improving education, providing tax relief to working families, protecting social security and strengthening America’s defenses. As Subcommittee Chairmen on the Rules Committee, Congressman Goss and Congressman Linder will help make sure Congress has the rules and procedures in place to craft bills addressing such issues, which are so important to the American people," Dreier said. "They are valuable members of the Committee, and I want to thank them for their work."

"I look forward to building on our work from the 105th Congress, particularly our bipartisan legislation to reform our antiquated budget process," said Goss, who continues as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process.

Linder stated: "I look forward to working with Chairman David Dreier, the incoming Chairman of the Committee on Rules, in an effort to make the U.S. House of Representatives a more open, accountable, civil, and deliberative institution. In the past, the Rules and Organization of the House Subcommittee has played an active role in reducing the number of committees in Congress, crafting fairer House rules, and protecting local governments from unfair federal mandates - and this Subcommittee will continue to build upon these historic changes we began four years ago."

The Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process has general responsibility for measures or matters related to relations between the Congress and the Executive Branch. The principal law within the Subcommittee's purview is the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. Also, the Subcommittee enjoys jurisdiction over budget process related provisions found in Part C of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 and the Budget Enforcement Act of 1990. The Subcommittee exercises oversight of the congressional budget process. In previous Congresses, the subcommittee has played primary roles in the drafting and passage of the line item veto and conducted extensive oversight of the budget process resulting in numerous reform recommendations.

The Rules and Organization of the House Subcommittee has general responsibility for measures or matters related to relations between the two Houses of Congress, relations between the Congress and the Judiciary, and internal operations of the House. This subcommittee has the primary responsibility for the continued examination of the committee structure and jurisdictional issues of all House Committees. The subcommittee will continue to review measures dealing with "fast track" procedures for consideration of trade legislation, prohibitions on intergovernmental unfunded mandates and private sector mandates, conflicting or overlapping House committee jurisdictions, and issues relating to a 21stCentury Congress.