Butterfield Appointed to Energy and Commerce Committee

Jan 15, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) has been appointed to serve on the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he will serve as the third most senior Democrat on the important Health Subcommittee.  In the 116th Congress, Butterfield will focus on protecting and expanding the Affordable Care Act, improving access to affordable health care treatments and medications, reducing health disparities, and advocating for subpopulations in need of better health care options including rare disease and pediatric patients.

“As I enter my eighth term in Congress, I am honored to continue to represent North Carolina’s First Congressional District on the House Energy and Commerce Committee,” said Butterfield.  “The 2018 midterm elections showed how important access to affordable health care is to my constituents and voters across the country.  Millions of Americans and North Carolinians sent Democrats to assume control of the 116th Congress with a resounding message: protect the Affordable Care Act from President Trump and Republican efforts to undermine it, strengthen and expand Medicaid and Medicare, and search for opportunities to reduce health care costs for American families.  The American people expect us to deliver.”   

“I’m pleased Rep. Butterfield will continue to serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee where he will play a crucial role in the fight to ensure all Americans have access to affordable and quality health care, safe drinking water, high-speed internet and a cleaner environment,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ).  “As a longtime health care champion, Rep. Butterfield will continue to be a powerful advocate for improving our nation’s health care system and lowering costs for consumers.  I look forward to working with him in the new House Democratic Majority.”  

Butterfield was also appointed to serve on the Communications and Technology and Energy Subcommittees.


Background of the House Energy and Commerce Committee:

The Committee on Energy and Commerce, the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, is vested with the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee.  Today it has responsibility for the nation's telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce.  It oversees multiple cabinet-level Departments and independent agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, Commerce, and Transportation, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission.

As one of three exclusive committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Committee on Energy and Commerce has jurisdiction on a variety of key legislative issues, including:

  • Health care, including mental health and substance abuse
  • Health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid
  • Biomedical research and development
  • Food, drug, device and cosmetic safety
  • Environmental protection
  • Clean air and climate change
  • Safe drinking water
  • Toxic chemicals and hazardous waste
  • National energy policy
  • Renewable energy and conservation
  • Nuclear facilities
  • Electronic communications and the internet
  • Broadcast and cable television
  • Privacy, cybersecurity and data security
  • Consumer protection and product safety
  • Motor vehicle safety
  • Travel, tourism and sports 
  • Interstate and foreign commerce