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  • Peter J. Visclosky, Ranking Member
  • Betty McCollum
  • Tim Ryan
  • Dutch Ruppersberger
  • Marcy Kaptur
  • Henry Cuellar


Departments of Army, Navy (including Marine Corps), Air Force, Office of Secretary of Defense, and Defense Agencies including activities related to military personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; research and development; and the Military Health System.

Intelligences activities such as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency.  

Jurisdiction excludes Department of Defense-related accounts and programs under the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works).

Recent Activity

September 14, 2018 Press Release
This month, the House is expected to consider the conference report on a two-bill "minibus" that includes the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bills, as well as a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December 7, 2018.
September 14, 2018 Press Release
With a strong and united position in favor of important priorities and against poison pill riders, House Democrats secured increased funding for biomedical research, opioid abuse prevention and treatment, child care, and career and technical education.
September 14, 2018 Press Release
“The Defense and Labor-HHS-Education bills carry out some of Congress’ most important Constitutional responsibilities, and I am pleased that we have reached bipartisan agreement on this legislation."
September 13, 2018 Press Release
"The Defense and Labor-HHS-Education bills carry out some of Congress’ most important Constitutional responsibilities, and I am pleased that we have made so much progress on these bills."
September 4, 2018 Press Release

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today named House Democratic Members to serve on a conference committee on the Defense and Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations bills.

July 27, 2018 Press Release
Through 12 Committee markups this year, House Appropriations Committee Democrats have offered nearly 150 amendments to stand up for our values and push back on President Trump and the Republicans’ backwards agenda. While Republicans have defeated many of these important amendments, House Democrats have succeeded in forcing important debates and putting Republicans on the record, laying down a marker for the battles that lie ahead.
June 26, 2018 Press Release
Oversight of the management and expenditure of the $674 billion that is provided to the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community is a core function of the Defense Subcommittee.
June 26, 2018 Press Release
Unlike other spending measures considered this year, this bill is the product of an inclusive process that invests in bipartisan priorities and is free of poison pill riders. It was written within the funding levels agreed upon in the most recent budget agreement, skipping OCO-to-base gimmicks previously employed to skirt the capped funding levels.
June 25, 2018 Press Release
This week, the House is expected to consider the Defense appropriations bill.
June 13, 2018 Press Release
I was cautiously optimistic that the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, which provided relief from the Budget Control Act (BCA), would provide a pathway for completing the FY 2019 bills in a somewhat timely manner. The members of the Committee, particularly the Chair and Ranking, are doing their best to get our work done. Unfortunately, the next two fiscal years present daunting obstacles that make it even more important to complete our FY 2019 work as soon as possible.


Subcommittee's Activity in Previous Congress