Congressional Oversight Committees

Congressional Committees Relevant to BBG

I.  Authorizing Committees

The Committee on Foreign Relations in the Senate and the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the House have jurisdiction over non-military U.S. international broadcasting.

Every other year, these Committees consider authorization bills that provide budget ceilings for our broadcasting efforts, provide for changes in administrative authorities, and provide policy direction.  These Committees also exercise oversight over BBG policies and programs.  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee considers nominations for BBG Presidential appointments.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations


  • James Risch, Idaho
  • Marco Rubio, Florida
  • Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
  • Jeff Flake, Arizona
  • Cory Garner, Colorado
  • David Perdue, Georgia
  • Johnny Isakson, Georgia
  • Rand Paul, Kentucky
  • John Barrasso, Wyoming


  • Bob Menendez, New Jersey, Ranking Member
  • Barbara Boxer, California
  • Benjamin Cardin, Maryland
  • Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
  • Christopher Coons, Delaware
  • Tom Udall, New Mexico
  • Chris Murphy, Connecticut
  • Tim Kaine, Virginia
  • Edward Markey, Massachusetts

House Committee on Foreign Affairs


  • Edward R. Royce, California, Chairman
  • Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida
  • Dana Rohrabacher, California
  • Steve Chabot, Ohio
  • Joe Wilson, South Carolina
  • Michael T. McCaul, Texas
  • Ted Poe, Texas
  • Matt Salmon, Arizona
  • Darrell Issa, California
  • Tom Marino, Pennsylvania
  • Jeff Duncan, South Carolina
  • Mo Brooks, Alabama
  • Paul Cook, California
  • Randy K. Weber Sr., Texas
  • Scott Perry, Pennsylvania
  • Ron DeSantis, Florida
  • Mark Meadows, North Carolina
  • Ted S. Yoho, Florida
  • Curt Clawson, Florida
  • Scott DesJarlais, Tennessee
  • Reid Ribble, Wisconsin
  • David Trott, Michigan
  • Lee Zeldin, New York
  • Tom Emmer, Minnesota


  • Eliot L. Engel, New York, Ranking Member
  • Brad Sherman, California
  • Gregory W. Meeks, New York
  • Albio Sires, New Jersey
  • Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia
  • Theodore E. Deutch, Florida
  • Brian Higgins, New York
  • Karen Bass, California
  • William Keating, Massachusetts
  • David Cicilline, Rhode Island
  • Alan Grayson, Florida
  • Ami Bera, California
  • Alan S. Lowenthal, California
  • Grace Meng, New York
  • Lois Frankel, Florida
  • Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii
  • Joaquin Castro, Texas
  • Robin Kelly, Illinois
  • Brendan Boyle, Pennsylvania

II.  Appropriations Committees

The Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate appropriate funds for U.S. international broadcasting on an annual basis and provide program and policy guidance or direction for the use of appropriated funds.  These committees also have oversight authority over BBG programs.

Senate Committee on Appropriations


  • Thad Cochran, Mississippi, Chairman
  • Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
  • Richard Shelby, Alabama, Ranking Member
  • Lamar Alexander, Tennessee
  • Susan Collins, Maine
  • Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
  • Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
  • Mark Kirk, Illinois
  • Roy Blunt, Missouri
  • Jerry Moran, Kansas
  • John Hoeven, North Dakota
  • John Boozman, Arkansas
  • Shelley Moore Capito
  • Bill Cassidy, Louisiana
  • James Lankford, Oklahoma
  • Steve Daines, Montana


  • Barbara Mikulski, Maryland
  • Patrick Leahy, Vermont
  • Patty Murray, Washington
  • Dianne Feinstein, California
  • Richard J. Durbin, Illinois
  • Jack Reed, Rhode Island
  • Jon Tester, Montana
  • Tom Udall, New Mexico
  • Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
  • Jeff Merkley, Oregon
  • Chris Coons, Delaware
  • Brian Schatz, Hawaii
  • Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin
  • Christopher Murphy, Connecticut

Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs


  • Lindsey Graham, South Carolina, Chairman
  • Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
  • Mark Kirk, Illinois
  • Roy Blunt, Missouri
  • John Boozman, Arkansas
  • Jerry Moran, Kansas
  • James Lankford, Oklahoma
  • Steve Daines, Montana


  • Patrick Leahy, Vermont, Ranking Member
  • Barbara Mikulski, Maryland
  • Richard J. Durbin, Illinois
  • Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
  • Chris Coons, Delaware
  • Jeff Merkley, Oregon
  • Christopher Murphy, Connecticut

House Committee on Appropriations


  • Harold Rogers, Kentucky, Chairman
  • Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, New Jersey
  • Robert B. Aderholt, Alabama
  • Kay Granger, Texas
  • Michael K. Simpson, Idaho
  • John Abney Culberson, Texas
  • Ander Crenshaw, Florida
  • John R. Carter, Texas
  • Ken Calvert, California
  • Tom Cole, Oklahoma
  • Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida
  • Charles W. Dent, Pennsylvania
  • Tom Graves, Georgia
  • Kevin Yoder, Kansas
  • Steve Womack, Arkansas
  • Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi
  • Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska
  • Tom Rooney, Florida
  • Chuck Fleischmann, Tennessee
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington
  • David Joyce, Ohio
  • David Valadao, California
  • Andy Harris, MD, Maryland
  • Martha Roby, Alabama
  • Mark Amodei, Nevada
  • Chris Stewart, Utah
  • Scott Rigell, Virginia
  • David Jolly, Florida
  • David Young, Iowa
  • Evan Jenkins, West Virginia


  • Nita M. Lowey, New York
  • Marcy Kaptur, Ohio
  • Peter J. Visclosky, Indiana
  • José E. Serrano, New York
  • Rosa L. DeLauro, Connecticut
  • David E. Price, North Carolina
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard, California
  • Sam Farr, California
  • Chaka Fattah, Pennsylvania
  • Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Georgia
  • Barbara Lee, California
  • Michael M. Honda, California
  • Betty McCollum, Minnesota
  • Steve Israel, New York
  • Tim Ryan, Ohio
  • C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Maryland
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida
  • Henry Cuellar, Texas
  • Chellie Pingree, Maine
  • Mike Quigley, Illinois
  • Derek Kilmer, Washington

House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs


  • Kay Granger, Texas, Chairwoman
  • Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida
  • Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania
  • Ander Crenshaw, Florida
  • Tom Rooney, Florida
  • Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska
  • Chris Stewart, Utah


  • Nita Lowey, New York, Ranking Member
  • Barbara Lee, California
  • C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Maryland
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida
  • José E. Serrano, New York


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