House Judiciary chairman announces GOP subcommittee assignments

Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyRepublicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe Live coverage: Justice IG testifies before House on report criticizing FBI House GOP headed for showdown with DOJ over key documents 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.

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Rep. Ted PoeLloyd (Ted) Theodore PoeFive races to watch in the Texas runoffs Five Republican run-offs to watch in Texas Hillicon Valley: House Dems release Russia-linked Facebook ads | Bill would block feds from mandating encryption 'back doors' | AT&T hired Cohen for advice on Time Warner merger | FCC hands down record robocall fine | White House launches AI panel 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 FranksFreedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights Eric Schneiderman and #MeToo pose challenges for both parties The Hill's 12:30 Report 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.