Committees and Caucuses


Congresswoman Donna E. Shalala serves on the powerful House Committee on Rules and the House Committee on Education and Labor. Representative Shalala is proud to use her decades of experience in education, healthcare, and urban issues to shape policy that increases access to schooling, affordable healthcare and a better life for working people.

House Committee on Rules
The powerful House Committee on Rules is commonly known as “The Speaker’s Committee” because it is the mechanism that the Speaker uses to maintain control of the House Floor. The committee has the authority to do virtually anything during the course of consideration of a bill before it goes to the House Floor. Membership of the committee will position the Congresswoman to have a voice on every piece of legislation the House considers for votes.

House Committee on Education and Labor
The Committee’s basic jurisdiction is over education and labor matters generally, including oversight over matters related to higher and early education, workforce development and protections, and health, employment, labor, and pensions. The Education and Labor Committee's purpose is to ensure that Americans' needs are addressed so that students and workers may move forward in a changing school system and a competitive global economy. The committee and its five subcommittees oversee education and workforce programs that affect all Americans, from early learning through secondary education, from job training through retirement.

  • Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
    The House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions is a standing subcommittee within the United States House Committee on education and the workforce. This subcommittee has jurisdiction over 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 but not limited to pension, health, other employee benefits, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
  • Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
    This subcommittee covers education from early learning through the high school level, including but not limited to early care and education programs such as the Head Start Act and the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, special education, and homeless and migrant education; overseas dependent schools; career and technical education; school climate and safety, including alcohol and drug abuse prevention; educational equity, including facilities; educational research and improvement, including the Institute of Education Sciences; and pre-service and in-service teacher professional development, including Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Title II of the Higher Education Act.


Co-Chair of the Adoption Caucus
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption is a caucus dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right to a family. Congresswoman Shalala is playing a crucial role in the process of forming this caucus for the 116th Congress of the United States.

Afterschool Caucus
On March 3, 2005, Members of Congress announced that in order to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for quality afterschool care, they would establish the first-ever Afterschool Caucuses in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Air Cargo Caucus

Air cargo and air transport has played an important part of our global economy since the dawn of aviation. The Air Cargo Caucus aims to recognize the vital contributions of this industry by promoting an understanding of air cargo in Congress. The caucus will enhance Member relations with the all-cargo community, give Members the opportunity to specialize on issues impacting carriers, and allow collaboration on these issues with fellow Members of Congress.

American Languages Caucus

Animal Protection Caucus
The Congressional Animal Protection Caucus (CAPC) was created to raise awareness about animal issues in Congress. CAPC’s goal is to highlight issues affecting animals and provide reliable information to lawmakers about Animal welfare. CAPC tracks animal welfare legislation and sponsors non-partisan briefings to highlight the need for sensible animal welfare laws.

Arthritis Caucus
The mission of the Bicameral Congressional Arthritis Caucus is to serve as a clearinghouse for information on arthritis and a bipartisan forum to aid Members of Congress in working together to address arthritis. The Caucus strives to raise awareness about arthritis and work toward the goal of educating all Members about how arthritis impacts their communities and how to help support federal and local efforts addressing arthritis in all its forms.

Autism Caucus
Bipartisan Coalition for Autism Research and Education include increasing general awareness of autism and autism spectrum disorders among Members of Congress and policy analysts in federal government; educating Members of Congress on current and future research initiatives regarding autism; serving as a forum where autism-related policy issues can be exchanged, debated, and discussed; bringing together public, private, and government entities to pursue legislative initiatives that will help facilitate advanced treatments—and ultimately a cure—for autism spectrum disorders; promoting all means to ease the burdens of families and loved ones affected by autism.

Bipartisan Taskforce Combating Antisemitism
Reinstated in the 114th Congress with over 100 Republicans and Democrats, the Taskforce works to ensure that Congress plays an integral role in condemning anti-Semitism and spearheading initiatives that promote tolerance worldwide. The Taskforce will continue to serve as a forum for educating Members on this distinct form of intolerance and to engage with the Administration, foreign leaders and civil society organizations to share best practices and collaborate on solutions to rebuff this systemic problem. It will also promote Holocaust remembrance in concert with exploring innovative ways to teach tolerance and confront hate.

Black Maternal Health Caucus
Started in 2019, the Black Maternal Health Caucus is devoted to addressing the maternal health crisis facing Black women in America. The Caucus advocates for treating Black maternal health as a national priority, and expanding access to effective, evidence-based, and culturally-considered policies and treatment options for Black mothers.

Boating Caucus
The Congressional Boating Caucus is an informal, bipartisan group of more than 100 U.S. Senators and Representatives formed in 1989 to advocate for the interests of the recreational boating industry.

Brazil Caucus
Established in 1999 during the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in Seattle, the bipartisan Congressional Brazil Caucus was created to foster understanding and enhance U.S relationship with Brazil, protect and maintain the free market system, and identify ways to increase the flow of trade and investment between both countries.

College Football Caucus
The goal of the Congressional College Football Caucus is to educate Members of Congress and the public on the vital role that college football plays in our country, while ensuring that the opportunities created by the more than $5 billion in annual scholarships at all levels of play are preserved as a transformative vehicle for student-athletes to further their education.

Colombia Caucus
Established in 2009, the Congressional Colombia Caucus was founded to strengthen political, economic, and security ties between the United States and Colombia. The Caucus has previously  held meetings and briefings with Colombian Vice-President Angelino Garzon, Ambassador and former Defense Minister Gabriel Silva, former Trade Minister Luis Guillermo Plata, former Ambassador Carolina Barco, and other stakeholders.

Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
The Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues (Armenian Caucus) is an informal, bipartisan group of legislators dedicated to maintaining and strengthening the U.S.-Armenia relationship.

Congressional Venezuela Democracy Caucus

COPD Caucus
The Congressional COPD Caucus is made up of a democratic and republican group of supportive U.S. Senators and House members with the goal to unify the advocacy voice of the COPD community and endorse legislation that creates positive national COPD policy.

Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
With over 130 bipartisan members, the Congressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus has for mission to find a cure for this genetic disease and work to improve the quality of life for the people who suffer it. The caucus supports cystic fibrosis research, drug discovery and development; encourages collaboration between the public sector and private organizations; and supports access to quality, affordable cystic fibrosis care.

Deaf Caucus
Founded by Rep. Mark Takano –  a Democrat representing the district that includes the California School for the Deaf, Riverside – and Rep. Kevin Yoder, a Republican representing the district that includes the Kansas School for the Deaf – this bipartisan Caucus will educate Members of Congress and staff on issues important to the Deaf community; help bridge the communication divide between Members of Congress and their Deaf and Hard of Hearing constituents; empower Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals through promoting equal access for all; in partnership with Gallaudet University, promote the expansion of a Congressional Deaf Internship program.

Endangered Species Act Caucus

Equality Caucus
The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus was established in the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2008 by Co-Chairs Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Barney Frank (D-MA), along with Members of Congress who are strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world.

Everglades Caucus
Founded by Congressmen Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), the Everglades Caucus is a bipartisan group of Representatives devoted to preserving the natural beauty and ecology of the Everglades. 

Fire Services Caucus
The Congressional Fire Services Caucus is one of the largest caucuses in Congress. Founded by former Congressman Curt Weldon in 1987, the Caucus unites Republicans and Democrats in support of fire service legislation that benefit all first responders. Becoming a member does not require taking positions on legislation; rather Caucus members are asked to pledge support in a way that best benefits fire departments in their respective Congressional Districts.

Florida Ports Caucus
The bipartisan Florida Ports Caucus advocates for federal policy on behalf of Florida’s 15 public seaports. The caucus provides members of the Florida congressional delegation with a platform to discuss port-related legislative priorities as well as ongoing and needed port improvements, and focuses on sustaining and creating port-related jobs in Florida.

Freshman Working Group on Addiction
Composed of 36 bipartisan Members from around the country of the newly-elected 2019 Freshman class, the purpose of the group is to come together to understand the extent of the impacts of addiction and to jointly promote policies to reduce overdoses and deaths.

Friends of Spain Caucus
The Congressional Friends of Spain Caucus is bipartisan and works to further enhance bilateral relations between the U.S. and Spain. The caucus aims to promote political, economic and social exchange between the two nations.

Humanities Caucus
The Humanities Caucus was founded in 2004 to ensure the vitality of the humanities in American life and to provide a forum for Members of Congress to engage in the humanities in current public policy issues. Members of the caucus work together to strengthen the nation’s awareness of history, literature, languages, philosophy, ethics, religion, anthropology, government, linguistics, and other humanities disciplines.

Independent Colleges Caucus

Lupus Caucus
The congressional Lupus caucus was created in 2013 in collaboration with the Lupus foundation of America. The caucus focuses on spreading awareness of Lupus to lawmakers and health professionals, as well as supporting the advancement of Lupus research.

Native American Caucus

Neuroscience Caucus

The bipartisan Congressional Neuroscience Caucus promotes a better understanding of how the brain develops, functions, and ages. The caucus seeks to raise awareness about the millions of Americans afflicted with neurological disorders or mental illnesses.

Oceans Caucus
The House Oceans Caucus is a bipartisan group of House members committed to taking action to protect the health and future of our oceans. The Caucus led the introduction of the Save Our Seas Act to assist local communities and states in removing garbage and debris from oceans and shores. In addition to marine debris, the Caucus focuses on: efforts to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing; ocean acidification; and weather and natural disaster hazards that threaten coastal communities and wildlife.

Peace Corps Caucus
In 2013, a House Peace Corps Caucus was formed. The Caucus advocates on behalf of international educational exchange programs and hosts an annual Peace Corps forum to share information with Capitol Hill staff and interns who may be interested in Peace Corps service.

PFAS Task Force
Founded in 2019 with the goal of building support in the public and the Congress for a "more aggressive, forward-looking agenda" on PFAS, the Task Force has more than 20 bipartisan members.

Pro-Choice Caucus
The Pro-Choice Caucus is a coalition of members of the House of Representatives who are working to preserve, protect and advance women's constitutionally protected reproductive rights. The caucus serves as the first line of defense against anti-choice legislation. The men and women of our caucus stand strong against this unprecedented adversity because we believe that empowering women through reproductive choice improves our nation and our world.

Refugee Caucus
The Refugee Caucus works to affirm the need for the United States to demonstrate leadership both in terms of refugee resettlement and overseas refugee protection. The Caucus brings together Members of Congress who care about refugees, refugee protection and refugee resettlement and will provide opportunities for collaboration around this important population and the policy issues impacting them.

Rum Caucus

Safe Climate Caucus

The Congressional Safe Climate Caucus is comprised of Members of the US House of Representatives who have made a commitment to speak out about climate change.  What unites us is the understanding that climate change is the moral issue of our time. We believe that we have an obligation to raise awareness of the hardships for future generations if Congress continues to ignore the realities of our changing climate.

Solar Caucus
Founded in 2018, the Solar Caucus serves as a unique forum for Members of Congress and the public to discuss high priority issues relating to the renewable energy and solar technology production sectors. Specifically, the caucus was formed so that policymakers, business leaders, and academic experts can work together to strengthen job creation and increase investments in renewable energy and solar technology production.

Travel and Tourism Caucus
The Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus’s mission to serves as a forum for the development and collaboration of national policy to promotes domestic and international travel for leisure, business, educational, and medical purposes. The CTTC promotes commonsense policies that encourage domestic and international travel, reduce barriers to travel, and raise awareness of the importance of the travel and tourism industry in creating jobs and growing our economy.

TRIO Caucus
The Congressional TRIO Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress supportive of the Federal TRIO Programs and higher education access for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students. TRIO programs serve students from middle school through post-graduate study across America and provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. In addition to providing direct support services for students, TRIO also provides relevant training for directors and staff. It is the aim of the Congressional TRIO Caucus to generate support for TRIO programs from congressional offices, the U.S. Department of Education, and other entities and to expand awareness of the need for improving educational opportunities for all Americans.

End Youth Vaping Caucus
Bipartisan Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic. Goal is to preserve the health and safety of our constituents, and particularly that of our youth. This caucus will serve as a forum in Congress to discuss needed solutions to better protect American youth from the dangers of vaping and nicotine addiction. 

Updated 11/22/2019