Subcommittee Assignments Give Murphy Strong Voice on National Security, COVID-19 Relief, and Trade

February 9, 2021 by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., has been named to four subcommittees that will ensure she’s a leading voice on national security, the continuing federal response to COVID-19, and international trade.

The Winter Park Democrat is the only Florida Democrat who currently serves on either the House Ways and Means Committee or the House Armed Services Committee.

On Armed Services, Murphy will serve on the newly-formed Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations, which has jurisdiction over military intelligence, special operations forces, counter-terrorism, efforts to stop the production and spread of weapons of mass destruction, and other sensitive military operations.

Murphy will also sit on the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, which has jurisdiction over ground and aviation programs for the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy, as well as various National Guard and Reserve accounts.

In addition to the Armed Services Committee, Murphy returns to the Ways and Means Committee, which has played a leading role since March 2020 on the federal response to the health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

From her position on the committee, Murphy spearheaded the successful bipartisan effort to enact the employee retention tax credit, which an official estimate says will help millions of businesses keep 13 million workers connected to their jobs and their employer-sponsored health insurance, rather than lay them off.

Murphy will again serve on the Subcommittee on Trade, where she helped enact the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement last Congress and quickly carved out a reputation as one of the leading voices on trade on Capitol Hill.

Murphy will also return to the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, which has jurisdiction over numerous federal initiatives to help working families, including the Unemployment Insurance program.

From her perch on this subcommittee, Murphy helped increase the weekly benefit available to unemployed workers during the pandemic, led congressional oversight of the Florida government’s flawed administration of the UI program, and enacted a bipartisan bill to help Florida workers who were mistakenly paid federal unemployment benefits through no fault of their own.

“I will continue to use my position on the Trade Subcommittee to promote trade policies that help grow Florida’s economy, empower American workers and businesses, and counter China’s unfair trade practices,” Murphy said. “And I will fight for hard-working Floridians who have lost their jobs or are struggling to provide for their families because of the pandemic, making sure they have the resources they need to get back on their feet.”  

In addition to her committee assignments, Murphy serves in two key leadership positions in the 117th Congress. Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn appointed Murphy as a chief deputy whip, where she helps ensure that legislation that comes to the House floor reflects the views of the entire Democratic caucus.

As chief deputy whip, Murphy also has a seat on the powerful House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which shapes the House policy agenda.

Additionally, Murphy is serving a second consecutive term as the lead co-chair for the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of pragmatic Democrats who focus on fiscal responsibility, strong national security, and bipartisan cooperation.

In The News

Health

Voting

Congress

House Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package
Congress
House Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package
February 27, 2021
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The House passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package in the wee hours of Saturday morning, helping President Joe Biden clear the first hurdle in passing an economic stimulus bill that includes $1,400 in direct payments to U.S. households, an extension of federal supplements... Read More

Rep. Himes Says ‘The Threat is Real’
Political News
Rep. Himes Says ‘The Threat is Real’
February 26, 2021
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel wants to cut off funding for the kind of White supremacists who raided the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6. They described the attack as the first of many against government targets unless they act promptly to stop them. “This threat is... Read More

Mandates Needed to Keep Big Tech in Check
Antitrust
Mandates Needed to Keep Big Tech in Check
February 26, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Congress needs to create mandates to curb the abusive power exerted by a handful of online platforms, according to all six witnesses at a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday. During the hearing, members of a House Judiciary subcommittee grappled with solutions to address the ability of... Read More

Filibuster, Cloture to Play Out in Biden Agenda
Congress
Filibuster, Cloture to Play Out in Biden Agenda
February 26, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Senate cloture rule might be the biggest Legislative obstacle in front of President Joe Biden’s policy agenda.  Simply put, the cloture rule is a debate-limiting procedure that requires 60 Senators to agree before moving on to a vote. This rule is the only... Read More

House to Vote on Virus Bill; Arbiter Says Wage Hike a No-Go
U.S. Senate
House to Vote on Virus Bill; Arbiter Says Wage Hike a No-Go

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are ready to shove a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package through the House on Friday, despite a setback that means a minimum wage boost is unlikely to be in the final version that reaches President Joe Biden.A near party-line vote seemed certain... Read More

House Votes to Expand Legal Safeguards for LGBTQ People
Civil Rights
House Votes to Expand Legal Safeguards for LGBTQ People

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House passed a bill Thursday that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate.The bill passed by a vote of... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top