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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Sessions made the concession while testifying on the Justice Department budget at a hearing of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee. Jeff Barker,, "Sessions tells Van Hollen he'll reconsider Baltimore's application for federal anti-violence funds," 26 Apr. 2018 Come January, he will be gone from his potent perch atop the Appropriations subcommittee responsible for funding the government's Commerce, Science, and Justice divisions. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A congressman’s loss clouds the future of two demanding missions to Europa," 3 Dec. 2018 Michael Gold of Maxar Technologies led the subcommittee vote to affect this change, and now the proposal will be voted on by the entire advisory council. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Flirts With Selling Out," 19 Nov. 2018 Rice, the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence, could be heard saying once the hearing concluded. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: House Democrats list states with weakest election security in new report," 13 July 2018 Rogers' remarks at a public appearance were made even more noteworthy by the presence and agreement of Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn), the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee. Lee Roop,, "Trump's 'Space Force' idea sounds good to Alabama representatives," 14 Mar. 2018 At a hearing of the House Financial Services subcommittee on markets and securities, members and witnesses colorfully expressed deep skepticism. NBC News, "Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies plunge on wave of bad news," 15 Mar. 2018 Immigration officials told members of the House subcommittee that 327 members of the caravan were allowed into the U.S. after presenting themselves to border officers at the San Ysidro port of entry and asked to apply for asylum. Daniel González, azcentral, "U.S. to begin deporting families with deportation orders, head of ICE warns," 22 May 2018 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

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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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