Congressman Joe Wilson currently serves on three committees consisting of subcommittees that oversee specific types of legislation. To learn more about the jurisdiction of the subcommittees Joe serves on, please read the following information:
The House Armed Services Committee holds jurisdiction over general defense policy, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, and the Cooperative Threat Reduction program. Additionally, it has jurisdiction over specific issues, such as counter drug programs, detainee affairs and policy, acquisition and industrial base policy, technology transfer and expert controls, joint interoperability, and the Department of Energy nonproliferation programs. For more information about the House Armed Services Committee, please visit the committee’s website.
The House Armed Services Committee maintains six permanent subcommittees and an Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. Each of our subcommittees have differing jurisdictions, which overlap on key issues, but all are dedicated to providing for the men and women of America's Armed Forces and the nation's common defense. I am honored to lead the Subcommittee on Readiness and serve on the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.
Readiness Subcommittee, Chairman
The Readiness Subcommittee has oversight for over $250 billion. The subcommittee directly oversees aspects of the military, such as readiness, training, logistics, maintenance, military construction, installations, and family housing issues. It also oversees civilian personnel, energy security, and environmental issues that affect DOD. The Readiness Subcommittee makes sure that our troops are properly trained and their equipment is properly maintained so they can succeed in their missions, and that they have the facilities and services they deserve when they return home. Please visit the subcommittee’s website for more information.
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
The Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities is responsible for overseeing counter-terrorism programs and initiatives and counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Additionally, this subcommittee oversees U.S. Special Operations Forces, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), information technology and programs, force protection policy and oversight, and related intelligence support. It makes sure that our nation is protected against terrorist attacks and unconventional threats. For other members and more information about the subcommittee, please visit the subcommittee’s website.
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs considers legislation that impacts the international community and oversees the Department of State, the Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, the United Nations, and the enforcement of the Arms Export Control Act. The committee is responsible for oversight and legislation relating to foreign assistance, treaties and other international agreements, international law, international broadcasting, and international law enforcement issues, including narcotics control programs and activities. For more information about the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, please visit the committee’s website.
Subcommittee on the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats
The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats is a critical subcommittee that overseas all aspects of the United States’ relationship with countries of this region. Matters such as political relations, disaster assistance, financial relations, activities of the United Nation, and security pacts come through this subcommittee as well as emerging threats to the national security of this nation. Please visit the subcommittee’s website for more information.
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
The Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade has oversight and legislative jurisdiction over U.S. efforts to manage and coordinate international programs to combat terrorism and efforts to bring international terrorists to justice. For other members and more information about the subcommittee, please visit the subcommittee’s website.
House Committee on Education and the Workforce , Vice Chairman
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce has general jurisdiction over education and workforce matters and oversees programs that affect hundreds of millions of Americans—from school teachers and small business owners to students and retirees. The committee works to build on vital reforms we set in motion during the past decade — pressing for parental empowerment and local control in education; modernization of outdated federal rules that stifle liberty and innovation; and dependable access to health care, retirement security, and training for American workers. For more information about the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, please visit the committee’s website.
Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
The Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions has jurisdiction over all matters dealing with relationships between employers and employees, including, but not limited to, the National Labor Relations Act, the Labor-Management Relations Act, and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act; the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and employment-related health and retirement security including pension, health, and other employee benefits and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). For other members and more information about the subcommittee, please visit the subcommittee’s website.