Congresswoman Lois Frankel

Representing the 22nd District of Florida

Committees and Caucuses

Currently I serve on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Please read below about the responsibilites of these committees as well as the subcommittees I am a part of.

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads.  The Committee also has jurisdiction over other aspects of our national infrastructure, such as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the management of federally owned real estate and public buildings, the development of economically depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, and hazardous materials transportation. For more information on the committee please click here.

Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee

Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee include:

  • United States Coast Guard
  • Maritime transportation safety
  • Navigation, port and waterway safety
  • Maritime transportation regulatory activities, including the regulation of vessels and merchant seaman
  • State boating safety programs
  • Marine environmental protection, generally as related to vessel operations (oil and plastics pollution, invasive/aquatic nuisance species transported by vessels, international agreements concerning transportation of oil and hazardous substances)
  • Port security
  • Federal Maritime Commission and the regulation of ocean shipping
  • The Jones Act (United States cabotage laws governing shipping of goods and passengers between any two points in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone)
  • Non-national security aspects of the merchant marine
Highways and Transit Subcommittee

Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee include:

  • Federal-aid highway and Federal transit programs
  • Highway and transit project planning and development
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  • Motor carrier and highway safety regulation 
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • Highway safety research and highway safety grants to states
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Surface transportation research, administered by FHWA, FTA, and FMCSA, and coordinated through the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)
  • Security and enforcement responsibilities of the above agencies, particularly FTA and FMCSA
  • The Clean Air Act, certain provisions relating to air quality issues
Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee

Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee include:

  • The Army Corps of Engineers
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Water resources programs of the Army Corps
  • Water infrastructure and watershed protection programs
  • Deepwater ports
  • The Corps constructs projects for the purposes of navigation, flood control, beach erosion control and shoreline protection, water supply, environmental protection, restoration and enhancement and fish and wildlife mitigation
  • The EPA has responsibility for carying out the Clean Water Act

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs considers legislation that impacts the diplomatic community, which includes 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. For more information on the committee please click here.

Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa

The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the following within the Middle East and North Africa:

  • Matters affecting the political relations between the United States and other countries and regions, including resolutions or other legislative measures directed to such relations
  • Legislation with respect to disaster assistance outside the Foreign Assistance Act, boundary issues, and international claims
  • Legislation with respect to region- or country-specific loans or other financial relations outside the Foreign Assistance Act
  • Legislation and oversight regarding human rights practices in particular countries
  • Oversight of regional lending institutions
  • Oversight of matters related to the regional activities of the United Nations, of its affiliated agencies, and of other multilateral institutions
  • Identification and development of options for meeting future problems and issues relating to U.S. interests in the region
  • Oversight of base rights and other facilities access agreements and regional security pacts
  • Concurrent oversight jurisdiction with respect to matters assigned to the functional subcommittees insofar as they may affect the region
  • Oversight of foreign assistance activities affecting the region, with the concurrence of the Chairman of the full Committee
  • Such other matters as the Chairman of the full Committee may determine
Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats

The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the following within Europe and Eurasia:

  • Matters affecting the political relations between the United States and other countries and regions, including resolutions or other legislative measures directed to such relations
  • Legislation with respect to disaster assistance outside the Foreign Assistance Act, boundary issues, and international claims
  • Legislation with respect to region- or country-specific loans or other financial relations outside the Foreign Assistance Act
  • Legislation and oversight regarding human rights practices in particular countries
  • Oversight of regional lending institutions
  • Oversight of matters related to the regional activities of the United Nations, of its affiliated agencies, and of other multilateral institutions
  • Identification and development of options for meeting future problems and issues relating to U.S. interests in the region
  • Oversight of base rights and other facilities access agreements and regional security pacts;
  • Concurrent oversight jurisdiction with respect to matters assigned to the functional subcommittees insofar as they may affect the region
  • Oversight of foreign assistance activities affecting the region, with the concurrence of the Chairman of the full Committee
  • Such other matters as the Chairman of the full Committee may determine

Lois' Caucus Membership

  • Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Congressional Everglades Caucus
  • Congressional Ports Caucus
  • Florida Ports Caucus
  • Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues
  • Democratic Israel Working Group