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United States House Committee on Armed Services

The U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, commonly known as the House Armed Services Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. It is responsible for funding and oversight of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the United States armed forces, as well as substantial portions of the Department of Energy.

House Armed Services Committee
Standing committee
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United States House of Representatives
116th Congress
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History
FormedAugust 2, 1946
PrecededCommittee on Military Affairs, Committee on Naval Affairs
Formerly known asCommittee on National Security
Leadership
ChairAdam Smith (D)
Since January 3, 2019
Ranking memberMac Thornberry (R)
Since January 3, 2019
Vice chairAnthony G. Brown (D)
Since January 3, 2017
Structure
Seats57
Political partiesMajority (31)
Minority (26)
Jurisdiction
Policy areasDefense policy, military operations
Oversight authorityDepartment of Defense, Armed Forces, Department of Energy (partly)
Senate counterpartSenate Armed Services Committee
Subcommittees
Website
armedservices.house.gov

JurisdictionEdit

The Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over defense policy generally, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, counter-drug programs, acquisition and industrial base policy, technology transfer and export controls, joint interoperability, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, Department of Energy nonproliferation programs, and detainee affairs and policy.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Armed Services Committee was created by the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, which consolidated the functions of two predecessor committees: the Committee on Military Affairs and the Committee on Naval Affairs, which were established as standing committees in 1822. Another predecessor, the Committee on the Militia, was created in 1835 and existed until 1911 when it was abolished and its jurisdiction transferred to the Committee on Military Affairs.[2] When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 1994, the committee was renamed the Committee on National Security. It was later renamed the Committee on Armed Services.

Members, 116th CongressEdit

Majority Minority

Resolutions electing members: H.Res. 24 (Chair), H.Res. 25 (Ranking Member), H.Res. 42 (D), H.Res. 68 (R)

Historical membership rostersEdit

115th CongressEdit

Majority[3] Minority[4]

SubcommitteesEdit

Chairmen since 1947Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jurisdiction and Rules". Armed Services Republicans. 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  2. ^ Chapter 4. Records of the Armed Services Committee and Its Predecessors Guide to the Record of the U.S. House of Representatives at the National Archives, 1789-1989 (Record Group 233)
  3. ^ H.Res. 6, H.Res. 36
  4. ^ H.Res. 7, H.Res. 45, H.Res. 95

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