Committees and Caucuses
Congressman Gutierrez is returning to the House Judiciary Committee for the 113th Congress, where he will play a critical role in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform and sensible gun control legislation.
Rep. Gutierrez requested and received placement on the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. The Congressman last served on the subcommittee during the 110th and 111th Congresses and has a long history as a leader on immigration policy and strategy for the Democratic Caucus. He was the House author along with then-Congressman Jeff Flake and Senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain of the first bicameral, bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2005. Rep. Gutierrez has devoted his twenty year career in Congress to the goal of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) and will continue to be a champion for the American people and for immigrants and their families in the fight for CIR. In addition to issues of immigration and naturalization, the subcommittee has jurisdiction over border security, admission of refugees, treaties, conventions and international agreements, claims against the United States, Federal charters of incorporation, private immigration and claims bills, and nonborder enforcement.
Rep. Gutierrez will also serve on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. One of the top legislative issues for the Subcommittee in the 113th Congress is the passage of sensible gun control legislation, in particular efforts to reinstate the assault weapons ban, restrict the possession and manufacture of high-capacity magazines, and to expand universal background checks for all gun purchases. In addition to gun control, the subcommittee has jurisdiction over Federal Criminal Code, drug enforcement, sentencing, parole and pardons, internal and homeland security, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, prisons, and criminal
HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE
Congressman Gutierrez continues to serve as a Member of the prestigious House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He was first appointed to the Committee by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on January 25, 2011. He serves on the Subcommittee on Terrorism, HUMINT, Analysis, and Counterintelligence. The committee has oversight over the U.S. intelligence community.
The Congressman took temporary leave from his position as a senior member of the Financial Services Committee, to serve on the Judiciary Committee and work toward comprehensive immigration reform, gun violence prevention, and other important goals.
112th Congress and Prior Congresses
FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE
Congressman Gutierrez has worked to restore economic stability, protect consumers, and strengthen regulations for the financial institutions whose risky behavior contributed to the economic collapse in 2008. Congressman Gutierrez previously served as the Ranking Member on the Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity and a member of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit during the 112th Congress. The Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity had oversight over the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), in addition to insurance and government-sponsored insurance programs; housing, including rental assistance, mortgage and loan insurance, Section 8, rural housing, community development and neighborhood planning. Previously, the Congressman served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit (2009-2011) and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology (2007-2009).
As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit during the 111th Congress, Congressman Gutierrez worked closely with former Chairman Barney Frank on the passage of Dodd-Frank and a member of the conference committee on the Wall Street Reform bill in 2010.
Throughout his tenure on the Financial Services Committee, Congressman Gutierrez has spearheaded efforts to bring more minorities into the banking system. He also has played a prominent role in cracking down on predatory lenders, including flagrant abuses in payday lending to the military, and is leading efforts to make the costs of remittance services more transparent and to increase competition in the marketplace. An amendment offered by Congressman Gutierrez in the Financial Services Committee to cap the interest on payday loans made to military families and provide them with other basic protections against abusive lenders, was signed into law in 2006. For more information on Congressman Gutierrez’ work on the Financial Services Committee click here.
Congressman Gutierrez is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Urban Caucus, and the Congressional Social Work Caucus.