The 218 Year History of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

National Journal Staff

The Energy and Commerce Committee is the oldest standing legislative committee in the House of Representatives. It also has one of the widest reaching influence, overseeing the progress in agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Communications Commission. The agency covers a vast array of areas, such as consumer protections, public health, and interstate commerce. Here are the highlights from the committee's 218 years of proceedings:

(Source: The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress, and Committees in the U.S. Congress, 1993-2010)