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House Committee Important to I/DD Issues Names Vice-Chairs

February 4, 2019

ANCOR is sharing this update by Politico Pro because it is important for ANCOR members to know key players in Congress. The Energy and Commerce Committee, despite a name that does not sound disability or Medicaid-oriented, has the broadest jurisdiction of any Congressional authorizing committee and is very relevant to I/DD supports. This jurisdiction generally covers: health and health insurance issues (including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)); biomedical research; food and consumer safety; environmental protections; energy; communications and cybersecurity; travel; and interstate commerce. It also has an oversight and investigations function over all these issues. The Committee has just nominated sub-committee vice-chairs to help lead Committee efforts on health and oversight specifically, making this item of interest to the I/DD community and providers.

As written by Politico Pro:

“Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), […] will be vice-chair of the health subcommittee, and Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.), […] will be vice-chair of the oversight and investigations subcommittee (which is working to schedule a hearing on HHS's role in family separations).”