Handel Appointed to Joint Economic Committee;
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late Friday evening, U.S. Representative Karen Handel was appointed to the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). The JEC is one of just two standing Joint Committees that oversee substantial policy issues in Congress - this to review economic conditions and recommend improvements to national economy policy.
"The JEC focuses on the many diverse issues that affect economic conditions in this country - from trade and tax policy to entrepreneurialism and workforce issues, and even the impact of the opioid crisis on our economy," Rep. Handel said. "Many of these are issues that directly impact the Sixth District. As one of just five House Republicans on the Committee, I look forward to working towards policies that will foster economic growth in America while boosting jobs, wages, and paychecks."
In addition to her appointment to the JEC, Rep. Handel will retain her seats on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Education and Workforce Committee.
Aside from its original purpose - reviewing economic conditions and recommending improvements in national economic policy - the JEC holds regular hearings ranging from discussions on tax reform, opioid abuse and job vacancies, to conversations with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) Chairman Kevin Hasset.
The JEC and CEA were both created under the Employment Act of 1946. The JEC is made up of 20 Members of Congress, with the Senate and House of Representative each appointing 10 members split evenly by party affiliation.