Committees and Caucuses
Armed Services Committee
I have served on the House Armed Services Committee since I came to the House of Representatives in 2001. The Committee has oversight of the Department of Defense (DOD) and is tasked with providing our women and men in the military the resources they need to keep our nation safe. I serve on the Seapower and Expeditionary Subcommittee which oversees the United States Navy, and the Strategic Forces Subcommittee which oversees our nation's intelligence programs and efforts to secure nuclear material around the globe. I was also honored to be selected by my colleagues to be the Ranking Member on the Panel on Business Challenges within the Defense Industry. The panel works to encourage competition and implement improvement within defense contracting to create new jobs across the country and promote better products and services for the military during a time of budgetary restraints. Supporting our armed forces and getting them the resources they need is critical to protecting our country.
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is the House’s largest committee both in terms of membership and jurisdiction, which includes highways, transit, aviation, rail, water infrastructure, pipeline safety and the Coast Guard. Serving on this committee allows me to bring the Puget Sound area’s unique transportation challenges to the attention of Congress.
I am honored to have been elected by my colleagues to be the Ranking Member of the Aviation Subcommittee. The Pacific Northwest is the aerospace capital of the world, and I am working hard to make sure the United States invests in our aviation future. Aviation means jobs in Northwest Washington. Anything I can do to support the growth and safety of air travel will bring good jobs to our communities.
Read my press release on my position as Ranking Member of the Aviation Subcommittee here.
US-China Working Group
I am the co-chair of the bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group (USCWG) a group focused on educating members and staff on U.S.-China issues through meetings and briefings with academic, business and political leaders from both countries.
The bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group educates members and staff on U.S.-China issues through meetings and briefings with academic, business and political leaders from the U.S. and China.
The Working Group provides information to Members of Congress on critical issues at critical moments and provides a forum for open and frank discussion with Chinese leaders. Membership in the group does not imply taking a position on issues.
The Working Group hosts regular dialogue with members of the Chinese leadership and since its creation in 2005 has met with numerous cabinet secretaries, the Chief of Naval Operations, several Fortune 100 CEOs, and lectures by award-winning academics. USCWG members have met with former President Hu Jintao and many top-ranking government officials, as well as leading Chinese scholars and business leaders.
The Working Group has conducted several successful missions to China, focusing on the global economic recession, economic rebalancing, consumer product safety, intellectual property rights, military-to-military relations, counternarcotics, energy cooperation and global climate change. The Working Group was the first foreign delegation to visit the manned-space launch center in Jiuquan and the first civilian delegation to visit a PLA-Navy Song Class submarine.
In 2009 and 2010, U.S.-China Working Group members introduced the “U.S.-China Competitiveness Agenda,” four bills focused on export promotion, diplomatic infrastructure, energy cooperation and domestic Chinese language instruction.
New Democrat Coalition
The New Democrat Coalition is a group of more than 40 members in the House of Representatives committed to growing our economy, creating new American jobs, and ensuring a more secure future for our country. The New Dems have put forward a commonsense agenda focused on modernizing our transportation and critical infrastructure, increasing U.S. trade and exports, updating our tax code to incentivize growth, reforming our education system, and increasing our green energy output. I am honored to serve as a Vice-Chair for the New Democrat Coalition, as well as the co-chair of the Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing Task Force.
Go to the New Democrat Coalition website here.
Electronic Warfare Working Group
I am the Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Electronic Warfare Working Group, an organization dedicated to educating senior policymakers, including the Department of Defense and Congress, about the importance of electronic warfare to our military. This is particularly important to Northwest Washington, which is home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and the Navy’s Electronic Attack Wing-Pacific, the military’s premiere Electronic Warfare unit.
- National Defense University-Strategic Policy Forum
- National Bureau of Asian Research
- Henry M. Jackson Foundation
- Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus
- Aerospace Caucus
- APEC Caucus (co-chair)
- Autism Caucus
- Arts Caucus
- Community College Caucus
- Career and Technical Education Caucus
- Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
- Congressional Arctic Working Group (co-chair)
- Croatia Caucus
- Coast Guard Caucus
- Community Health Center Caucus
- Down Syndrome Caucus
- Entertainment Technology Caucus
- Friends of Canada Caucus
- Friends of Job Corps Caucus
- Friends of Nepal Caucus
- Friends of New Zealand (co-chair)
- Friends of Norway (co-chair)
- General Aviation Caucus
- Human Rights Caucus
- Hunger Caucus
- Impact Aid Coalition
- Internet Caucus
- MS Caucus
- Navy-Marine Corps Caucus
- Oceans Caucus
- Organic Caucus
- Potato Caucus
- Public Broadcasting Caucus
- Puget Sound Recovery Caucus
- Research and Development Caucus
- Shipbuilding Caucus
- Shellfish Caucus
- Small Brewer’s Caucus
- U.S.-Philippines Friendship Caucus
- Veterans Caucus