House Education and Workforce Cie. To Be Revamped

January 31, 2001 ( - The House Education and Workforce Committee may be restructured into five subcommittees and another subcommittee eliminated under a proposal introduced by Chairman John Boehner (R-Ohio).

A Boehner spokesman said the changes are needed “to maximize the potential of the members and resources.”

Under the proposal, two subcommittees of the House Education and Workforce Committee would oversee workforce issues and three subcommittees would address education issues.  The Oversight and Investigations subcommittee would be eliminated.  Oversight responsibilities from that subcommittee would be shared among individual subcommittees, a spokesman said.

Boehner’s proposal is expected be ratified today by the House Republican Conference. Individual assignments for the subcommittees would be made later in the week, according to the BNA Reporter.

Jurisdictionally, the Employer-Employee Relations Subcommittee would handle employee benefits and “all matters related to equal employment opportunity and civil rights in employment,” according to a statement from Boehner’s office.

The Workforce Protections Subcommittee would cover occupational safety and health, mine safety and health, youth employment, and migrant and agricultural labor health and safety.

Boehner named Rep. Charles Norwood (R-Ga.) head of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee.

He picked Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) to lead the Employer-Employee Relations Subcommittee. In the previous Congress, Johnson was the ranking Republican behind the chairman on the Early Childhood, Youth, Families Subcommittee.
– Chuck Epstein