sub·​com·​mit·​tee | \ ˈsəb-kə-ˌmi-tē How to pronounce subcommittee (audio) , 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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Though the leadership did not respond to that request, Ms. Savino’s assignment to lead a subcommittee on internet and technology was widely interpreted as a snub. New York Times, "Wayward Democrats Return, but Are Still Under Fire," 7 July 2019 On Tuesday, a House subcommittee is expected to consider the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act. Brian Fung, CNN, "US government announces nationwide crackdown on robocallers," 25 June 2019 Chesley Sullenberger testified at a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing’s Latest 737 MAX Concern: Pilots’ Physical Strength," 19 June 2019 After being one of only a handful of freshmen to chair a subcommittee in 2013,Brooks was appointed to a special panel to investigate the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Exclusive: Indiana Republican Susan Brooks will not seek re-election to Congress," 6 Feb. 2019 Blackburn has been in the House since 2003, and chairs a key subcommittee that oversees telecommunications. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Lawmaker who wants paid fast lanes on Internet wins US Senate seat," 7 Nov. 2018 The funding legislation, proposed by Rep. Kamia Brown, D-Ocoee, died in the justice-appropriations subcommittee in May 2017. Stephen Hudak,, "Former Apopka Mayor Kilsheimer faces ethics charge," 15 June 2018 House and Senate panels have held hearings in recent months, with another one scheduled for Wednesday by a House Financial Services subcommittee to discuss proposals to reform data security and breach notification laws., "Banks Battle Retailers Over Proposal to Disclose Consumer Hacks," 7 Mar. 2018 More than half of the full House committee's members weren't even at the subcommittee hearing, and Stewart accused them of abandoning the heroes of 9/11. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Jon Stewart and the battle over the 9/11 victims fund, explained," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of subcommittee

1606, in the meaning defined above

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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 How to pronounce subcommittee (audio) \

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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