sub·​com·​mit·​tee | \ ˈsəb-kə-ˌmi-tē, ˌsəb-kə-ˈmi-\

Definition of subcommittee

: a subdivision of a committee usually organized for a specific purpose

Examples of subcommittee in a Sentence

The Senate has formed a subcommittee to set up an investigation.

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At an oversight hearing in November before a Senate Commerce subcommittee, FTC Chairman Joseph Simons said that Facebook is currently under investigation by the agency, but would not provide details. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "The FTC’s top consumer protection official can’t go after Facebook — or 100 other companies," 6 Dec. 2018 The vote followed a recommendation earlier in the day by a council subcommittee to do the same. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Bloomfield Ends Taxpayer-Funded Meals For Council Members After Controversy Over Pricey Food Orders," 30 May 2018 Supporters of the admissions test took heart that an ally, John Liu, Democratic state senator-elect, was appointed head of the chamber’s New York City education subcommittee on Tuesday. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Parents Sue New York City Over Mayor’s Plan to Diversify Elite High Schools," 13 Dec. 2018 After 18 years in the House, Culberson, a conservative who had achieved enough seniority to chair the subcommittee that sets NASA's budget, drowned beneath a blue wave. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A congressman’s loss clouds the future of two demanding missions to Europa," 3 Dec. 2018 On Friday, an advisory subcommittee voted to allow NASA to venture into the nascent space tourism industry by selling seats on its rockets. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Flirts With Selling Out," 19 Nov. 2018 The subcommittees investigating the drug cartels are led by prosecutors who have charged drug kingpins and led cases that resulted in the seizures of millions of dollars. Michael Balsamo, The Seattle Times, "Sessions: MS-13 gang, drug cartels among top threats to US," 15 Oct. 2018 Stanek is senior counsel to a House of Representatives energy subcommittee. Scott Dance,, "Gov. Larry Hogan names longtime federal civil servant to lead Public Service Commission," 21 June 2018 Culberson has been the chair of the subcommittee in the House that decides appropriations for NASA, and he’s used that role to provide ample funding for the space agency. Verge Staff, The Verge, "What the new Congress means for space, self-driving cars, and regulating Facebook," 7 Nov. 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of subcommittee

: a part of a committee that is organized for a certain purpose


sub·​com·​mit·​tee | \ ˈsəb-kə-ˌmi-tē \

Legal Definition of subcommittee

: a subdivision of a committee that is assigned a portion of the committee's jurisdiction, holds hearings, amends legislation, and reports to the committee

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