Sen. Cruz Announces Committee Assignments for 116th Congress
January 3, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced his committee assignments for the 116th Congress. Sen. Cruz will continue to serve on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the Committee on the Judiciary, and has additionally been named to the Committee on Foreign Relations. He will also continue to serve on the Committee on Rules and Administration and the Joint Economic Committee.
“I am proud and honored to continue serving 28 million Texans in the United States Senate,” Sen. Cruz said. “I look forward to working closely with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in these committees to promote conservative values and ensure Texans’ concerns are voiced and addressed in our legislative efforts.
“I look forward to joining the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and using my position to enhance our national security while remaining deeply involved with Texas’ military community. That mission includes ensuring that our military is fully equipped and prepared to defend our nation, and that Texas’ military community, which is a pillar of our national strength, continues to receive the support it needs to thrive.”
Sen. Cruz currently serves on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which has a broad jurisdiction pertaining to interstate commerce, communications, transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, nonmilitary aeronautical and space activities, marine fisheries, inland waterways, sports, and the regulation of consumer products and services. He is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness.
Sen. Cruz currently serves on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which considers nominations to the federal courts and Department of Justice, oversees the Department of Justice, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and considers legislation on civil rights, religious liberty, immigration, patents, and criminal justice, as well as proposals to amend the Constitution. He is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, which has jurisdiction over issues ranging from religious liberty, the Second Amendment, life issues, and federalism.
As a new member to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Sen. Cruz will participate in the committee’s responsibility for foreign policy legislation and for overseeing a range of foreign affairs activities that the United States conducts, including foreign assistance, international broadcasting, and international agreements.
Sen. Cruz currently serves on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, which supervises elections procedures for federal offices, administers the Senate and its office buildings, establishes the Senate’s procedures and regulations, investigates corrupt practices by officials, and manages the official Congressional Record.
Sen. Cruz currently serves on the Joint Economic Committee, whose primary tasks are to review economic conditions and to recommend improvements in economic policy. This legislative advisory panel is the counterpart to the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.