Senate Judiciary Committee Adopts Memberships For Subcommittees For 113th Congress

WASHINGTON (Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013) – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the proposed subcommittees, jurisdictions, chairs and ranking members, and membership rosters for the 113th Congress. The Committee now has seven subcommittees, including two new subcommittees: the Bankruptcy and the Courts Subcommittee; and the Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action Subcommittee. The Committee’s rules were also adopted Thursday.

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Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights (Ratio—5:4)

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; and (4)  Oversight of competition policy at other federal agencies.

CHAIR: Amy Klobuchar, Minn.                RANKING: Michael S. Lee, Utah

Chuck Schumer, N.Y.                                     Lindsey Graham, S.C.

Al Franken, Minn.                                           Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Christopher A. Coons, Del.                            Jeff Flake, Ariz. 
Richard Blumenthal, Conn.


Bankruptcy and the Courts (Ratio—5:4)

Jurisdiction: (1) Federal court jurisdiction, administration and management; (2) Rules of evidence and procedure; (3) Creation of new courts and judgeships; (4) Bankruptcy; (5) Legal reform and liability issues; (6) Local courts in territories and possessions.

CHAIR: Christopher A. Coons, Del.                      RANKING: Jeff Sessions, Ala.

Dick Durbin, Ill.                                                          Chuck Grassley, Iowa

Sheldon Whitehouse, R.I.                                           Jeff Flake, Ariz.

Amy Klobuchar, Minn.                                               Ted Cruz, Texas

Al Franken, Minn.

The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights (Ratio—5:4)

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; (7) Human rights laws and policies; and (8) Enforcement and implementation of human rights laws.

CHAIR: Dick Durbin, Ill.                                        RANKING: Ted Cruz, Texas

Al Franken, Minn.                                                      Lindsey Graham, S.C.
Christopher A. Coons, Del.                                        John Cornyn, Texas  

Richard Blumenthal, Conn.                                       Orrin Hatch, Utah 

Mazie Hirono, Hawaii                    

Crime and Terrorism (Ratio—5:4)

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; (9) Parole and probation policy; (10) Oversight of anti-terrorism enforcement and policy; (11) Oversight of Department of Homeland Security functions as they relate to anti-terrorism enforcement and policy; (12) Oversight of State Department consular operations as they relate to anti-terrorism enforcement and policy; (13) Oversight of encryption policies and export licensing; and (14) Oversight of espionage laws and their enforcement.

CHAIR: Sheldon Whitehouse, R.I.                                     RANKING: Lindsey Graham, S.C.

Dianne Feinstein, Calif.                                                          Ted Cruz, Texas

Chuck Schumer, N.Y.                                                             Jeff Sessions, Ala.

Dick Durbin, Ill.                                                                      Michael S. Lee, Utah

Amy Klobuchar, Minn.

Immigration, Refugees and Border Security (Ratio—7:6)


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: Chuck Schumer, N.Y.                                           RANKING: John Cornyn, Texas

Patrick J. Leahy, Vt.                                                               Chuck Grassley, Iowa

Dianne Feinstein, Calif.                                                          Orrin Hatch, Utah
Dick Durbin, Ill.                                                                      Jeff Sessions, Ala.

Amy Klobuchar, Minn.                                                           Jeff Flake, Ariz.
Richard Blumenthal, Conn.                                                    Ted Cruz, Texas

Mazie Hirono, Hawaii

Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action (Ratio—3:2)


Jurisdiction: (1) Administrative practices and procedures including agency rulemaking and adjudication; (2) Judicial review of agency action; (3) Third party enforcement of federal rights; (4) Oversight of the Department of Justice grant programs, as well as government waste and abuse; (5) private relief bills other than immigration; and     (6) oversight of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.


CHAIR: Richard Blumenthal, Conn.                                 RANKING: Orrin Hatch, Utah

Patrick J. Leahy, Vt.                                                               Jeff Flake, Ariz.

Amy Klobuchar, Minn.

Privacy, Technology and the Law (Ratio—6:5)

Jurisdiction: (1) Oversight of laws and policies governing the collection, protection, use, and dissemination of commercial information by the private sector, including online behavioral advertising, privacy within social networking websites and other online privacy issues; (2)  Enforcement and implementation of commercial information privacy laws and policies; (3) Use of technology by the private sector to protect privacy, enhance transparency and encourage innovation; (4)  Privacy standards for the collection, retention, use and dissemination of personally identifiable commercial information; and (5) Privacy implications of new or emerging technologies.

CHAIR: Al Franken, Minn.                                                RANKING: Jeff Flake, Ariz.

Dianne Feinstein, Calif.                                                          Orrin Hatch, Utah
Chuck Schumer, N.Y.                                                            Michael S. Lee, Utah

Sheldon Whitehouse, R.I.                                                      John Cornyn, Texas
Christopher A. Coons, Del.                                                    Lindsey Graham, S.C.
Mazie Hirono, Hawaii


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