The Foreign Relations Committee is responsible for the foreign
policy activities of the U.S. Senate. The committee evaluates all
treaties with foreign governments; approves all diplomatic nominations;
and writes legislation pertaining to U.S. foreign policy, the State
Department, Foreign Assistance programs, and many associated topics.
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee has a
broad jurisdiction over the operation of our nation's financial
institutions, housing and mass transit programs.
The Senate Intelligence Committee reports and submits proposals
for legislation to the Senate on intelligence activities and programs.
In carrying out this purpose, the Committee makes every effort to
assure that the appropriate departments and agencies provide informed
and timely intelligence necessary for the executive and legislative
branches to make sound decisions affecting the security and vital
interests of the Nation.
Chairman, Congressional-Executive Commission on China
Senator Hagel is the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive
Commission on China (CECC). The CECC was created by Congress in 2000
with the legislative mandate to monitor human rights and the
development of the rule of law in China and to submit an annual report
to the President and the Congress. It consists of nine Senators, nine
members of the House of Representatives and five senior Administration
officials appointed by the President.
Rules and Administration
The Senate Rules and Administration Committee oversees the
formation of Senate procedures and regulations and the administration
of several government buildings. The Committee investigates corrupt
practices within the Senate, evaluates the credentials of Members of
the Senate and rules regarding presidential succession, and has
jurisdiction over federal elections. In addition, the Committee studies
the organization of Congress in order to determine ways to make it run
more smoothly and efficiently.