U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy serves on the influential House Ways and Means Committee, where she works to promote smart trade policies that help central Florida families, create more pathways to the middle class, open more markets for our farmers and businesses, and build a stronger, more prosperous nation.
House Ways and Means Committee
As she began her second term representing Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy was appointed to the influential Ways and Means Committee—the chief tax-writing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Committee has jurisdiction over issues that directly affect the people of central Florida, including taxes, critical federal programs like Medicare and Social Security, and trade. Murphy is the only Florida Democrat on the committee this Congress, and the first one to sit on the committee since 2010. Prior to this year, only 19 women have served on the Ways and Means Committee since its creation in 1795.
The Committee on Ways and Means is the oldest committee in Congress, and derives its influence from the constitutional requirement that all legislation that raises revenue must originate from the House. It is an exclusive committee, meaning Members who serve on the committee typically do not serve on other committees.
Subcommittee on Trade
Congresswoman Murphy serves on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, which is responsible for matters related to international trade, including customs, tariffs, the negotiation and implementation of reciprocal trade agreements, and international trade rules and organizations.
As a former national security specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense, Murphy had the chance to negotiate critical bilateral security agreements, and she will use that expertise – along with her experience in the private sector – to focus on jobs, security, and opportunity for all Americans.
Florida is a major hub of international trade and tourism. Murphy understands that trade wars can threaten our economic stability, and that's why she believes it's important to continue to have strong relationships around the world that help our region thrive. In this role, Murphy will urge Congress to use its oversight role to review new trade policies so that we can support working families, businesses, and farmers in Florida.
Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support
Murphy’s other subcommittee, the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee, has jurisdiction over a range of critical safety-net initiatives for workers, children, and families, including the federal-state unemployment insurance program, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI), child care programs, among others. Murphy intends to use her position on the subcommittee to assist vulnerable populations in Florida and Puerto Rico and position central Florida as a magnet for entrepreneurs, new jobs, and innovative industries.
Murphy will serve in two key leadership positions in the 116th Congress: co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 24 pragmatic Democrats focused on fiscal responsibility and a strong national defense, and chair of Future Forum, an influential group of young House Democrats who advocate for issues and opportunities important to younger Americans.
Rep. Murphy's full caucus membership is below: