05.21.09

Leahy, Sessions Announce Updated Subcommittee Rosters

WASHINGTON (Thursday, May 21, 2009) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) Thursday announced new membership lists for the Committee’s subcommittees.  Leahy and Sessions also announced the return of the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, which was first established during the 110th Congress.

The full Committee approved the Subcommittee memberships during an executive business meeting Thursday.

The seven Judiciary Committee Subcommittees include:  Administrative Oversight and the Courts; Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights; The Constitution; Crime and Drugs; Immigration, Refugees and Border Security; Terrorism and Homeland Security; and Human Rights and the Law.

Information about subcommittees for the current Congress and previous Congresses is available online.  For information about upcoming hearings, nominations, legislation, and to search witness testimony and watch live and archived webcasts of hearings, visit the Senate Judiciary Committee’s website.

Administrative Oversight and the Courts (Ratio – 6:4)

Jurisdiction:  (1) Court administration and management; (2) Judicial rules and procedures; (3) Creation of new courts and judgeships; (4) Bankruptcy; (5) Administrative practices and procedures; (6) Legal reform and liability issues; (7) Oversight of the Department of Justice grant programs, as well as government waste and fraud; (8) Private relief bills other than immigration; (9) Oversight of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.

CHAIR:  Sheldon Whitehouse, R.I.                        RANKING:  Jeff Sessions, Ala.
Dianne Feinstein, Calif.                                              Charles E. Grassley, Iowa
Russell D. Feingold, Wis.                                           Jon Kyl, Ariz.
Charles E. Schumer, N.Y.                                           Lindsey Graham, S.C.
Benjamin L. Cardin, Md.                                                  
Edward E. Kaufman, Del.

Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights (Ratio – 7:3)

Jurisdiction: (1) Oversight of antitrust law and competition policy, including the Sherman, Clayton and Federal Trade Commission Acts; (2) Oversight of antitrust enforcement and competition policy at the Justice Department; (3) Oversight of antitrust enforcement and competition policy at the Federal Trade Commission; (4)  Oversight of competition policy at other federal agencies.

CHAIR:  Herb Kohl, Wis.                                        RANKING:  Orrin Hatch, Utah
Charles E. Schumer, N.Y.                                           Charles E. Grassley, Iowa
Sheldon Whitehouse, R.I.                                           John Cornyn, Texas
Ron Wyden, Ore.                                                 
Amy Klobuchar, Minn.
Edward E. Kaufman, Del.
Arlen Specter, Pa.

The Constitution (Ratio – 6:4)

Jurisdiction: (1) Constitutional amendments; (2) Enforcement and protection of constitutional rights; (3) Statutory guarantees of civil rights and civil liberties; (4) Separation of powers; (5) Federal-State relations; (6) Interstate compacts.

CHAIR:  Russell D. Feingold, Wis.                         RANKING:  Tom Coburn, Okla.
Dianne Feinstein, Calif.                                              Jon Kyl, Ariz.
Richard J. Durbin, Ill.                                                 Lindsey Graham, S.C.
Benjamin L. Cardin, Md.                                            John Cornyn, Texas
Sheldon Whitehouse, R.I.
Arlen Specter, Pa.

Crime and Drugs (Ratio – 9:5)

Jurisdiction: (1) Oversight of the Department of Justice's (a) Criminal Division, (b) Drug Enforcement Administration, (c) Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, (d) Office on Violence Against Women, (e) U.S. Marshals Service, (f) Community Oriented Policing Services and related law enforcement grants, (g) Bureau of Prisons, (h) Office of the Pardon Attorney, (i) U.S. Parole Commission, (j) Federal Bureau of Investigation, and (k) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as it relates to crime or drug policy; (2) Oversight of the U.S. Sentencing Commission; (3) Youth violence and directly related issues; (4) Federal programs under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (including the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act); (5) Criminal justice and victims' rights policy; (6) Oversight of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; (7) Oversight of the U.S. Secret Service; (8) Corrections, rehabilitation, reentry and other detention-related policy; and (9) Parole and prohibition policy.

CHAIR:  Arlen Specter, Pa.                                    RANKING:  Lindsey Graham, S.C.
Herb Kohl, Wis.                                                          Orrin G. Hatch, Utah
Dianne Feinstein, Calif.                                              Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Russell D. Feingold, Wis.                                           Jeff Sessions, Ala.
Charles E. Schumer, N.Y.                                           Tom Coburn, Okla.
Richard J. Durbin, Ill.
Benjamin L. Cardin, Md.                                                  
Amy Klobuchar, Minn.
Edward E. Kaufman, Del.

Human Rights and the Law (Ratio – 5:3)

Jurisdiction:  (1) Human rights laws and policies; (2) Enforcement and implementation of human rights laws; (3) Judicial proceedings regarding human rights laws; and (4) Judicial and executive branch interpretations of human rights laws.

CHAIR:  Richard J. Durbin, Ill.                             RANKING: Tom Coburn, Okla.
Russell D. Feingold, Wis.                                           Lindsey Graham, S.C.
Benjamin L. Cardin, Md.                                            John Cornyn, Texas
Ted Kaufman, Del.
Arlen Specter, Pa.

Immigration, Refugees and Border Security (Ratio – 6:4)

Jurisdiction:  (1) Immigration, citizenship, and refugee laws; (2) Oversight of the immigration functions of the Department of Homeland Security, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Ombudsman Citizenship and Immigration Services; (3) Oversight of the immigration-related functions of the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, and the Department of Labor; (4) Oversight of international migration, internally displaced persons, and refugee laws and policy; and (5) Private immigration relief bills.

CHAIR:  Charles E. Schumer, N.Y.                       RANKING:  John Cornyn, Texas
Patrick Leahy, Vt.                                                       Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Dianne Feinstein, Calif.                                              Jon Kyl, Ariz.
Richard J. Durbin, Ill.                                                 Jeff Sessions, Ala.
Sheldon Whitehouse, R.I.
Ron Wyden, Ore.

Terrorism and Homeland Security (Ratio – 7:5)

Jurisdiction: (1) Oversight of anti-terrorism enforcement and policy; (2) Oversight of Department of Homeland Security functions as they relate to anti-terrorism enforcement and policy; (3) Oversight of State Department consular operations as they relate to anti-terrorism enforcement and policy; (4) Oversight of encryption policies and export licensing; and (5) Oversight of espionage laws and their enforcement.

CHAIR:  Benjamin L. Cardin, Md.                        RANKING:  Jon Kyl, Ariz.

Herb Kohl, Wis.                                                          Orrin G. Hatch, Utah
Dianne Feinstein, Calif.                                              Jeff Sessions, Ala.
Charles E. Schumer, N.Y.                                           John Cornyn, Texas
Richard J. Durbin, Ill.                                                 Tom Coburn, Okla.
Ron Wyden, Ore.
Edward E. Kaufman, Del.

Information about subcommittees for the current Congress and previous Congresses is available online.  For information about upcoming hearings, nominations, legislation, and to search witness testimony and watch live and archived webcasts of hearings, visit the Senate Judiciary Committee’s website.

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