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Appropriations Committee


I am honored to be the first Marylander and the first woman to serve as Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Committee’s role is defined by the U.S. Constitution, which requires “appropriations made by law” prior to the expenditure of any money from the Federal treasury. The Committee writes the legislation that allocates federal funds to the numerous government agencies, departments and organizations on an annual basis.


Chairwoman – Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science

·         The CJS Subcommittee oversees funding for several key federal departments, agencies and programs, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Census, the Department of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).


I also serve on the following Appropriations Subcommittees which are tasked with drafting legislation to allocate funds to government agencies within their jurisdictions. These Subcommittees are responsible for reviewing the President’s budget request, hearing testimony from government officials and drafting the spending plans for the coming fiscal year:

·         Subcommittee on Defense

·         Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

·         Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

·         Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies


Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee


I am a senior member of the HELP Committee, which oversees issues such as education, labor, health care for seniors, long-term care, women’s health, services for seniors including social, nutritional, information and referrals, individuals with disabilities, and Social Security.

·         Subcommittee on Children and Families

·         Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging 

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence


I am a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees all intelligence activities of the United States government. The panel monitors the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other U.S. intelligence operations in order to safeguard American interests abroad.