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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Johnson, who chairs the European subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, defended the trip that saw the U.S. lawmakers in Moscow over July 4th. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ron Johnson urges dialogue with Russians but warns them not to interfere with midterms," 5 July 2018 If the application process is easier than researchers are accustomed to, the review process will be tougher for King and the various subcommittees of Social Science One. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Facebook Opens Its Private Servers to Scientists Studying Fake News," 11 July 2018 They are expected to form committees and subcommittees to tackle different issues and do research. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Stratford student wants to make schools feel safe," 3 July 2018 Hays wrote a lame defense of his actions that claimed people didn’t understand the big picture — but whew! — Alan and his happy little subcommittee had it all in hand and saved the day. Lauren Ritchie,, "Environment, voters score big win over contemptuous legislators," 29 June 2018 Walden is chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has been investigating alleged pill dumping in West Virginia, and Burgess is chairman of its health subcommittee. Katie Zezima,, "U.S. House passes bipartisan package to fight opioid crisis," 23 June 2018 That means passage of 12 appropriations bills, one from each appropriations subcommittee in the House and Senate. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Murkowski’s Interior appropriations bill makes bipartisan headway in the Senate," 15 June 2018 Portman said his subcommittee began investigating the transaction last summer. Rich Edson, Fox News, "Obama administration allegedly gave Iran access to US financial system," 6 June 2018 Deborah Hunter-Harvill, a member of the Board of Education and chair of its academics subcommittee, spoke about the work her own church — New Prospect Baptist Church — does at nearby Pasteur Elementary School. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Faith-based leaders urged to join the effort to rebuild Detroit schools," 18 Jan. 2018

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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 \

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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