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

Majority

  • Bob Menendez, New Jersey, Chairman
  • Barbara Boxer, California
  • Ben Cardin, Maryland
  • Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
  • Richard Durbin, Illinois
  • Chris Coons, Delaware
  • Tom Udall, New Mexico
  • Chris Murphy, Connecticut
  • Tim Kaine, Virginia
  • Edward Markey, Massachusetts

Minority

  • Bob Corker, Tennessee, Ranking Member
  • Jim Risch, Idaho
  • Marco Rubio, Florida
  • Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
  • Jeff Flake, Arizona
  • John McCain, Arizona
  • John Barrasso, Wyoming
  • Rand Paul, Kentucky

 

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

 Majority

  • 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
  • Tom Marino, Pennsylvania
  • Jeff Duncan, South Carolina
  • Adam Kinzinger, Illinois
  • Mo Brooks, Alabama
  • Tom Cotton, Arkansas
  • Paul Cook, California
  • George Holding, North Carolina
  • Randy K. Weber Sr., Texas
  • Scott Perry, Pennsylvania
  • Steve Stockman, Texas
  • Ron DeSantis, Florida
  • Doug Collins, Georgia
  • Mark Meadows, North Carolina
  • Ted S. Yoho, Florida
  • Sean Duffy, Wisconsin
  • Curt Clawson, Florida

 

Minority

  • Eliot L. Engel, New York, Ranking Member
  • Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, American Samoa
  • 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
  • Juan Vargas, California
  • Bradley S. Schneider, Illinois
  • Joseph P. Kennedy III, Massachusetts
  • Ami Bera, California
  • Alan S. Lowenthal, California
  • Lois Frankel, Florida
  • Grace Meng, New York
  • Joaquin Castro, Texas
  • Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii

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

Majority

  • Barbara Mikulski, Maryland, Chairwoman
  • Patrick Leahy, Vermont
  • Tom Harkin, Iowa
  • Patty Murray, Washington
  • Dianne Feinstein, California
  • Dick Durbin, Illinois
  • Tim Johnson, South Dakota
  • Mary Landrieu, Louisiana
  • Jack Reed, Rhode Island
  • Mark Pryor, Arkansas
  • Jon Tester, Montana
  • Tom Udall, New Mexico
  • Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
  • Jeff Merkley, Oregon
  • Mark Begich, Alaska
  • Chris Coons, Delaware

 Minority

  • Richard Shelby, Alabama, Ranking Member
  • Thad Cochran, Mississippi
  • Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
  • Lamar Alexander, Tennessee
  • Susan Collins, Maine
  • Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
  • Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
  • Mark Kirk, Illinois
  • Dan Coats, Indiana
  • Roy Blunt, Missouri
  • Jerry Moran, Kansas
  • John Hoeven, North Dakota
  • Mike Johanns, Nebraska
  • John Boozman, Arkansas

Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Majority

  • Patrick Leahy, Vermont, Chairman
  • Tom Harkin, Iowa
  • Barbara Mikulski, Maryland
  • Dick Durbin, Illinois
  • Mary Landrieu, Louisiana
  • Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
  • Mark Begich, Alaska
  • Chris Coons, Delaware

 Minority

  • Lindsey Graham, South Carolina, Ranking Member
  • Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
  • Mark Kirk, Illinois
  • Dan Coats, Indiana
  • Roy Blunt, Missouri
  • Mike Johanns, Nebraska
  • John Boozman, Arkansas

 

House Committee on Appropriations

Majority

  • Harold Rogers, Kentucky, Chairman
  • Frank R. Wolf, Virginia
  • Jack Kingston, Georgia
  • Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, New Jersey
  • Tom Latham, Iowa
  • 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

 Minority

  • Nita M. Lowey, New York
  • Marcy Kaptur, Ohio
  • Peter J. Visclosky, Indiana
  • José E. Serrano, New York
  • Rosa L. DeLauro, Connecticut
  • James P. Moran, Virginia
  • Ed Pastor, Arizona
  • David E. Price, North Carolina
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard, California
  • Sam Farr, California
  • Chaka Fattah, Pennsylvania
  • Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Georgia
  • Barbara Lee, California
  • Adam B. Schiff, California
  • Michael M. Honda, California
  • Betty McCollum, Minnesota
  • Tim Ryan, Ohio
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida
  • Henry Cuellar, Texas
  • Chellie Pingree, Maine
  • Mike Quigley, Illinois
  • Bill Owens, New York

House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Majority

  • Kay Granger, Texas, Chairwoman
  • Frank Wolf, Virginia
  • Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida
  • Charles Dent, Pennsylvania
  • Ander Crenshaw, Florida
  • Kevin Yoder, Kansas
  • Tom Rooney, Florida

Minority

  • Nita Lowey, New York, Ranking Member
  • Adam Schiff, California
  • Barbara Lee, California
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida
  • Henry Cuellar, Texas

 

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