The House and Senate Armed Services Committees announced Wednesday each chamber’s conferees for the Fiscal Year 2020 defense authorization bill will formally start meeting on Thursday.
The Thursday meeting is called a “pass the gavel” meeting in which the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) will give the gavel to the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). Each year the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference committee chairmanship alternates between both chambers and this year it is the House’s turn.
While the Senate portion of the committee entails all SASC members, the House leadership on Wednesday named its subset of members going to the committee. This includes the chair and ranking members of the full committee and all subcommittees.
Democratic majority members include HASC chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.), chairman of the intelligence and emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee James Langevin (R.I.), chairman of the strategic forces subcommittee Jim Cooper (Tenn.), chairman of the HASC seapower subcommittee Joe Courtney (Conn.), chairman of the readiness subcommittee John Garamendi (Calif.), chairwoman of the military personnel subcommittee Jackie Speier (Calif.), and chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee Donald Norcross (N.J.).
Other Democratic members include Susan Davis (Calif.), Rick Larsen (Wash.), Ruben Gallego (Ariz.), Seth Moulton (Mass.), Salud Carbajal (Calif.), Anthony Brown (Md.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), William Keating (Mass.), Filemon Vela (Texas), Andy Kim (N.J.), Kendra Horn (Okla.), and Gil Cisneros (Calif.).
Republican members include Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (Texas), Joe Wilson (S.C.), ranking member of the strategic forces subcommittee Michael Turner (Ohio), ranking member of the readiness subcommittee Doug Lamborn (Colo.), ranking member of the seapower and projection forces subcommittee Robert Wittman (Va.), ranking member of the tactical air and land forces subcommittee Vicky Hartzler (Mo.), ranking member of the intelligence and emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), ranking member of the military personnel subcommittee Trent Kelly (Miss.), Mike Rogers (Ala.), Michael Conaway (Texas), Don Bacon (Neb.), Jim Banks (Ind.), and Liz Cheney (Wyo.).