Jennifer Safavian, Majority Staff Director and General Counsel

Jennifer Safavian, Majority Staff Director; General Counsel
National Journal
Stacy Kaper
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Stacy Kaper
Oct. 23, 2013, 2 p.m.

As staff dir­ect­or, Safavi­an co­ordin­ates schedul­ing for hear­ings and markups, handles all per­son­nel mat­ters and com­mit­tee budget­ing, and above all en­sures that the agenda of Ways and Means Chair­man Dave Camp, R-Mich., is on track.

Safavi­an’s oth­er job as gen­er­al coun­sel is just as in­volved. She combs through all of the le­gis­la­tion sent over from the Sen­ate to en­sure that any rev­en­ue pro­vi­sion ori­gin­ates in the House, as re­quired un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion. This is no small mat­ter, be­cause any bill that raises fees or im­poses fines — like im­mig­ra­tion re­form — could be con­sidered a rev­en­ue bill.

Some­times the Sen­ate does not even send bills with rev­en­ue im­pacts over to the House and oth­er times bills go to the House without be­ing re­ferred to the com­mit­tee. Al­though Safavi­an could make a stink far more of­ten, the Ways and Means Com­mit­tee rather spar­ingly uses its “blue slip” power to send bills back to the Sen­ate — per­haps once every few years for a sig­ni­fic­ant mat­ter.

Safavi­an also nav­ig­ates all of the pan­el’s par­lia­ment­ari­an is­sues in com­mit­tee and on the floor, and gets in­volved when an­oth­er com­mit­tee’s jur­is­dic­tion over­laps with Ways and Means, such as En­ergy and Com­merce on health care mat­ters or For­eign Af­fairs on trade.

Safavi­an, 43, is from St. Louis and star­ted work­ing on Cap­it­ol Hill in 1997. She joined the Ways and Means staff in 2011 as staff dir­ect­or for the Over­sight Sub­com­mit­tee and moved up to staff dir­ect­or for the full com­mit­tee last year when Jon Traub left Cap­it­ol Hill for the private sec­tor. Safavi­an’s back­ground on what is now the House Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee has made her a valu­able as­set in the Ways and Means Com­mit­tee’s in­vest­ig­a­tion of the In­tern­al Rev­en­ue Ser­vice.

What We're Following See More »
TO VISIT US TROOPS
John McCain Paid Secret Visit To Syria
3 hours ago
THE DETAILS

Senator John McCain paid a secret visit to Northern Syria over the weekend during his trip abroad. McCain reportedly went "to speak with American officials and Kurdish fighters leading the charge to push ISIS militants out of Raqqa, the jihadist group’s stronghold." The trip was organized with the help of U.S. military.

Source:
‘MORE WITH LESS’
Trump Budget to Call for Major Cuts
3 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"The Trump administration will deliver its first budget to Congress in mid-March, and the president confirmed Wednesday it will contain major cuts for federal agencies." The blueprint, expected to be released in mid-March, will not include the kinds of specifics usually seen in White House budgets, but rather will instruct the heads of agencies to "do more with less."

Source:
DEFERENCE TO PRESIDENT
More Republicans Trust Trump than GOP Members
5 hours ago
WHY WE CARE
PAC WILL TARGET INCUMBENTS
Sanders Acolytes Taking the Movement Local
7 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

"While Democrats nationwide have put the focus on President Trump, the Sanders wing of the party has engaged in an intramural fight to remake the party in a more populist, liberal mold." From Washington state to California to Florida, Sanders loyalists are making good on their promise to remake the party from the ground up. And just last week, a "group of former Sanders campaign aides launched a super PAC with the explicit goal of mounting primary challenges to Democratic incumbents."

Source:
THANKS TO MILITARY ROLE
McMaster Requires Congressional Approval
7 hours ago
THE DETAILS

Congress will need to vote on Donald Trump's pick of Lt. General H.R. McMaster to be his next national security adviser, but not for the reason you think. The position of NSA doesn't require Senate approval, but since McMaster currently holds a three-star military position, Congress will need to vote to allow him to keep his position instead of forcing him to drop one star and become a Major General, which could potentially affect his pension.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login