WASHINGTON, DC (KOLO) - Senator-elect Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) has announced she will be joining six committees upon beginning her term as Nevada’s next U.S. Senator.
Senator-elect Cortez Masto will serve on the following Senate committees: Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Rules and Administration; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Indian Affairs; and the Special Committee on Aging.
The committee memberships were ratified by the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee and are subject to ratification by the full Senate Democratic Caucus once Congress begins its 115th Session in January 2017.
“I am honored to be able to represent the great state of Nevada on these six committees, which play an integral, distinct role in addressing the many issues affecting Nevadans every day,” said Cortez Masto. “Each committee will provide unique opportunities to serve Nevada’s diverse communities and enable me to use my expertise and experience as a former Attorney General. From preserving our pristine lands and investing in clean energy to protecting Medicare and ensuring our transportation infrastructure is state of the art, these committees will allow me to fight for the issues that I campaigned on. I look forward to working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues on each committee.”
Cortez Masto served as Nevada Attorney General from 2007 to 2015. In the Senate, she will succeed outgoing Harry Reid (D-NV) who has held a seat in the U.S. Senate since 1987.
BACKGROUND ON COMMITTEES
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs:
The Banking Committee oversees legislation in areas including, but not limited to: banking, monetary policy, insurance, financial markets, securities, housing, community development and mass transit, international trade and finance, and economic policy. The Banking Committee also works to protect consumers in areas such as credit card, housing, and financial rates.
Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:
The Energy Committee oversees legislation and policy relating to: energy resources and development, including regulation, conservation, strategic petroleum reserves and appliance standards; nuclear energy; Indian affairs; public lands and their renewable resources; surface mining, Federal coal, oil, and gas, other mineral leasing; territories and insular possessions; and water resources.
Senate Committee on Rules and Administration:
The Rules Committee oversees the rules and procedures within the Federal and Legislative government branches. The Committee has jurisdiction over federal elections, including the qualifications and credentials of Senators, contested elections, oversight of the Federal Election Commission and the Election Assistance Commission. The Committee oversees Senate procedures, rules, and buildings, and leads the planning of the Presidential Inauguration at the Capitol through the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:
The Commerce Committee’s jurisdiction includes an array of issues including, but not limited to: communications, highways, aviation, rail, shipping, transportation security, merchant marine, the Coast Guard, oceans, fisheries, weather, disasters, science, space, interstate commerce, tourism, consumer issues, economic development, technology, competitiveness, product safety, and insurance.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs:
The Indian Affairs Committee oversees policy and legislation related to American Indians. These issues include, but are not limited to, Indian education, economic development, land management, trust responsibilities, health care, and claims against the United States. Additionally, all legislation proposed by Members of the Senate that specifically pertains to American Indians, Native Hawaiians, or Alaska Natives.
Senate Special Committee on Aging:
The Special Committee on Aging focuses on issues facing America’s seniors, specifically Medicare, Social Security, and additional government programs for older Americans. While having no official legislative authority, the Aging Committee conducts research and investigations into policy matters affecting older citizens.