Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry

The Senate Agriculture Committee has oversight over matters relating to: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) activities including farm payments, crop insurance, conservation programs, and livestock marketing rules; the Rural Utilities Service and Rural Development, which carryout important programs relating to rural energy development, rural business financing, and rural health care services; Nutrition programs including the National School Lunch Program, the Women, Infants and Children program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formally known as food stamps); and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which oversees all futures markets.

Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

Since January of 2007, I have served as a member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. I currently serve as ranking member of the Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband, which has jurisdiction over legislation, congressional action, and other matters relating to communications.

The committee has broad jurisdiction over matters relating to the Coast Guard, communications, highway safety, inland waterways, interstate commerce, marine and ocean navigation safety and transportation, marine fisheries, merchant marine and navigation, nonmilitary aeronautical and space sciences, oceans weather and atmospheric activities, regulation of consumer products and services, as well as regulation of interstate common carriers including railroads, buses, trucks, vessels, pipelines, civil aviation, science, engineering, technology research and development and policy, sports, and transportation.

Committee on Finance

The Senate Committee on Finance has jurisdiction with matters relating to: taxation and other revenue measures generally; bonded debt of the United States; customs, collection districts and ports of entry and delivery; reciprocal trade agreements; tariff and import quotas; the transportation of dutiable goods; deposit of public moneys; general revenue sharing; health programs under the Social Security Act, including Medicare, Medicaid, and other health and human services programs financed by a specific tax or trust fund; and Social Security.

I currently serve as ranking member of the Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight.