Senator Joni Ernst Statement on Sessions I have gotten to know Jeff and witnessed first-hand his commitment to keeping our nation safe. Additionally, his decades of public service have further illustrated that he works hard and fights.....
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst issued the following statement after the United States Senate confirmed Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General of the United States:
“I have had the opportunity to work with Jeff Sessions over the last couple of years through our membership on the Senate Armed Services Committee. I have gotten to know Jeff and witnessed first-hand his commitment to keeping our nation safe. Additionally, his decades of public service have further illustrated that he works hard and fights tirelessly for those he represents.
“I have no doubt that Jeff Sessions will defend our Constitution and impartially uphold the rule of law. I look forward to his service and leadership as our next Attorney General.”
SENATOR JONI ERNST COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services
The Committee on Armed Services is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of the nation's military, including the Department of Defense, military research and development, nuclear energy (as pertaining to national security), benefits for members of the military, the Selective Service System and other matters related to defense policy. The Armed Services Committee was created as a result of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 following U.S. victory in the Second World War. It merged the responsibilities of the Committee on Naval Affairs (established in 1816) and the Committee on Military Affairs (also established in 1816). Considered one of the most powerful Senate committees, its broad mandate allowed it to report some of the most extensive and revolutionary legislation during the Cold War years, including the National Security Act of 1947.
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works
The Committee on Environment and Public Works has an evolving Senate history that dates back to 1837. At its start, the committee was charged with overseeing the development of the Federal buildings in an expanding Washington, D.C. Since that time, the committee’s jurisdiction has matured to legislative responsibility for the development of the Nation’s Interstate highway system, flood control and navigation projects. During the mid-20th century, the committee also took on an environmental role to work on new laws related to clean air, clean water and later the protection of endangered species and fish and wildlife refuges. This led to passage of two notable pieces of legislation, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. In addition to its legislative role, the committee also has oversight over several departments and agencies including but not limited to: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
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U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Administration