House Judiciary chairman announces GOP subcommittee assignments

Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyGOP chairmen say they have deal with Justice on documents Overnight Energy: Dems raise new questions about Pruitt's security | EPA rules burning wood is carbon neutral | Fourth GOP lawmaker calls for Pruitt's ouster | Court blocks delay to car efficiency fines Dems: Pruitt’s office security sweep was subpar MORE (R-S.C.) will chair the subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, which is expected to be in the spotlight in the coming months after President Obama made clear his plans to make a strong push for passing comprehensive immigration reform this year. A part of that push will likely include a measure aimed at boosting the number of visas available to foreign-born engineers and recent graduates from U.S. universities with advanced degrees in math, science and engineering. The issue is a key policy agenda item for major tech companies, such as Microsoft and Intel.

Rep. Ted PoeLloyd (Ted) Theodore PoeRepublican lawmaker introduces new cyber deterrence bill Lawmakers question FBI director on encryption Loss of Ryan hits hard for House Republicans MORE (R-Texas) will serve as the vice chairman on the Immigration subpanel.

In addition, Rep. Spencer BachusSpencer Thomas BachusManufacturers ramp up pressure on Senate to fill Ex-Im Bank board Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (R-Ala.) will chair the Antitrust subpanel, which has examined previous telecom mergers like the failed AT&T/T-Mobile wireless deal, while former Judiciary Chairman Jim SensenbrennerFrank (Jim) James SensenbrennerLawmakers question FBI director on encryption Doug Collins to run for House Judiciary chair Lawmakers renew call for end to 'black budget' secrecy MORE (R-Wis.) will head up the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations subcommittee. Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksThe Hill's Morning Report - Lawsuits, investigations send Trump on Twitter tirade This week: Senate barrels toward showdown over Pompeo Arizona GOP tinkers with election rules with an eye on McCain's seat MORE (R-Ariz.) will chair the Constitution and Civil Justice subpanel.

"I look forward to working with these members to make America more competitive and free and to exercise aggressive oversight over the executive branch,” Goodlatte said in a statement.