January 3, 2017
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) 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 115thCongress which began today.
“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.