WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) announced Tuesday their committee assignments for the 115th Congress.
Fischer will serve on the following Senate committees: Armed Services Committee; Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Committee on Environment and Public Works; Committee on Rules and Administration; and the Special Committee on Aging.
Senator Fischer released the following statement:
“Through the work on my Senate committees, I am able to advocate for the priorities most important to Nebraska families. From ensuing our military is equipped to keep Americans safe, to investing in infrastructure and alleviating regulations hindering economic growth, there are many opportunities to pave the way for a brighter future. As a new member of the Special Committee on Aging, I will also be in a strong position to fight for the interests of Nebraska’s seniors.
“I look forward to working with the respective committee chairmen and my Senate colleagues to achieve results that will make our communities prosperous, safer, and stronger.”
Sasse will serve on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs in the 115th Congress.
“I’ve been asked to serve on these important committees and I’m honored to do everything in my power to make sure Nebraskans help set the federal government’s course with common sense and integrity,” said Senator Sasse. “Nebraskans know that defending our Constitution means fighting for Supreme Court justices who reject ‘pen and phone’ theories of executive unilateralism—that’s exactly what I’ll be working on in the Judiciary Committee. We also know that Washington isn’t prepared for the national security challenges of the age of cyberwarfare and global jihad—that will be my constant focus on the Armed Services Committee.”
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary plays Congress’ central role in the consideration of Supreme Court nominations and all other judicial nominations. The committee is also charged with providing oversight of the Department of Justice, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. Constitutional amendments, immigration policy, and criminal law all fall under the jurisdiction of the committee.
The Senate Committee on Armed Services has jurisdiction over issues regarding the “common defense,” the federal government’s first and foremost duty. The committee has jurisdiction over issues relating to cybersecurity and military research and development. Members of the committee are charged with providing oversight of the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force.
The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs oversees essential elements of the federal government’s economic policy, with jurisdiction over trade, banking, insurance, housing, and finance policies.