Butterfield Retains Energy & Commerce Committee Post

Jan 12, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), a senior member of the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee, was appointed to the Subcommittees on Communications and Technology; Energy; and Health.

“I am excited to continue to serve as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee,” said Butterfield.  “The Committee is one of the oldest standing committees in the U.S. House of Representatives and maintains broad jurisdiction that has enabled me to work effectively on behalf of my constituents in the First Congressional District of North Carolina.”

The Energy and Commerce Committee will play a pivotal role in many of the policy debates expected with the incoming Administration.  Butterfield and his Democratic committee colleagues will work to build a stronger economy, create more good-paying jobs, and protect consumers.

As a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Butterfield will be a vocal advocate for ensuring access to affordable health care, safe drinking water, lower energy costs, and a cleaner environment for all Americans.

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.

The Committee first convened on December 14, 1795, as the Committee on Commerce and Manufactures when the growing demands of the young nation required that Congress establish a permanent panel to exercise its constitutional authority to "regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States."