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Committees and Caucuses

The House Committee on Appropriations

The United States House Committee on Appropriations is a committee of the United States House of Representatives responsible for passing appropriation bills along with its Senate counterpart. The bills passed by the Appropriations Committee regulate expenditures of money by the government of the United States. As such, it is one of the most powerful of the committees, and its members are seen as influential. They make Rthe key decisions about the work of their committees: when their committees meet, which bills they will consider, and for how long.

The Appropriations committee is widely recognized by political scientists as one of the "power committees," since it holds the power of the purse. It is one of the exclusive committees of the House, meaning its members typically sit on no other committee. Much of the power of the committee comes from the inherent utility of controlling spending. Its subcommittee chairmen are often called "Cardinals" because of the power they wield over the budget.

Congressman Valadao serves on three subcommittees:

Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration
The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Department of Agriculture, the Farm Credit Administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Food and Drug Administration. 

Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies
The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over military construction and housing programs within the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as other agencies. 

Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development
The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, as well as other agencies.

Read more about the Appropriations Committee here

The House Committee on Budget 

The jurisdiction of the House Budget Committee is derived from the Budget Act as well as House Rule X. This jurisdiction is protected under the Budget Act, which states that no bill, resolution, amendment, motion, or conference report dealing with any matter within the jurisdiction of the Budget Committee shall be considered in the House unless it is a bill or resolution that has been reported by the Budget Committee or unless it is an amendment to a bill or resolution reported by the Budget Committee.16  House Rule X, clause 1(d) states that the Budget Committee will have jurisdiction over the concurrent resolution on the budget; other matters required to be referred to it pursuant to the Budget Act; establishment, extension, and enforcement of special controls over the federal budget; and the budget process generally.

Over the years, the duties and responsibilities of the Budget Committee have been established in statute, as well as House Rules. The Budget Committee’s responsibilities generally fall under the following categories: the budget resolution, reconciliation, budget process reform, oversight of the Congressional Budget Office, revisions of allocations and adjustments, and scorekeeping.

Read more about the Budget Committee here.