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Committee Assignments

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Committee on Finance

The Senate Committee on Finance has far-reaching jurisdiction, making it one of the most powerful and influential in the Senate. Specifically, the Finance Committee has jurisdiction over taxation, ports of entry, trade, tariffs, pensions, and infrastructure. It is also responsible for all programs under the Social Security Act, which includes Medicare and Medicaid. The committee has legislative authority over parts of the Departments of Treasury, Commerce, Labor, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, among others. Sen. Cornyn is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness and sits on two additional subcommittees.

Subcommittees:

  • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
  • Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
  • Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight

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Committee on the Judiciary

The Committee on the Judiciary oversees the administration of federal civil and criminal justice and processes the nominations of judges for the U.S. Supreme Court and the lower federal courts. It provides critical oversight of the courts, law enforcement agencies like the Department of Justice, and other important parts of the federal government. The Judiciary Committee also considers legislation on a wide variety of topics, ranging from criminal justice and immigration to antitrust and intellectual property law. Senator Cornyn is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety and sits on two additional subcommittees. 

Subcommittees:

  • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration
  • Subcommittee on The Constitution
  • Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism

Select Committee on Intelligence

The Select Committee on Intelligence provides oversight of United States intelligence activities, programs, and budgets, and prepares legislation to authorize funding levels and limit or permit intelligence operations. It occasionally deliberates on standalone legislation and can weigh in on treaties as they pertain to intelligence issues during the Senate’s process of ratification. The Committee can make formal inquiries on intelligence activities and events, analyze data from the Intelligence Community, and make recommendations on nominees for intelligence-related positions requiring Senate confirmation.